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How to Apply for a Student Visa? How to Change Your Visa?

As the visa policy changes in the recent years, many students have encountered trouble in getting a new visa or changing a visa. Some students who learn Chinese in China  in Kunming do not know how to apply and how to prepare their visa application materials. Some students who want to study Chinese after working in China for a few years do not know how to change their working visa into a student visa. Some students who miss the best time to change a visa have to leave China and re-enter with a new visa.

Now Keats School has prepared a complete visa guide for all current Keats students and prospective students.

Step 1: Registration at Keats School

1)      Choose one Chinese course that you plan to take at Keats here

2)      Fill out the application form

3)      Complete the registration

4)      Pay the full tuition fee

  • Please Note:Keats School does not charge any registration fee.

Step 2: Visa Application

1.    Apply for a Chinese visa from abroad

After you have fully completed the Step 1, we will send you visa application supporting materials through express mail. You can go to the nearest Chinese embassy to apply for an X1 student visa. Please note that the X1 student visa is only valid for 30 days after you arrive in China. You need to notify us within 30 days after you arrive in China, so that we can help you get a resident permit that allows you to complete your study in China.

  • What is a resident permit?

If a foreigner wants to live in China for working or studying for a long term, he/she can apply for a resident permit which is valid for a long time with multiple entries.

2.    Apply for a Chinese student visa within China

After you complete the Step 1, please prepare different kinds of materials according to the visa type you are applying for.

(a) If you hold the L/M/F visa, please prepare:

               1)      The Latest Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors from Overseas (can be obtained in the police station).

 

2)      Picture Collection Statement

 
   

3)      Tuition Fee Receipt or Invoice showing you have paid the tuition fee in full

4)      One Dayicun (大一寸) Picture

5)      RMB 450 for resident permit fee charged by the government

(b) If you hold a “Working Resident Permit”, please prepare:

1)    An official statement from your employer which helped you get the “Working Resident Permit” showing that you have completed a job there. Please consult us for how to write the statement before you get it.

2)      The latest Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors from Overseas (can be obtained in the police station).

3)      Picture Collection Statement

4)      Tuition Fee Receipt or Invoice showing you have paid the tuition fee in full

5)      One Dayicun (大一寸) Picture

6)      RMB 450 for resident permit fee charged by the government

 

(c) If you hold a “Study Resident Permit”, please prepare:

1)      An official statement from your previous school/university which helped you get the “Study Resident Permit” showing that you have completed the study program there. Please consult us for how to write the statement before you get it.

2)      The latest Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors from Overseas (can be obtained in the police station).

3)      Picture Collection Statement

4)      Tuition Fee Receipt or Invoice showing you have paid the tuition fee in full

5)      One Dayicun (大一寸) Picture

6)      RMB 450 for resident permit fee charged by the government

(d) If your immediate family needs to apply dependent visas/resident permit, please prepare: 

1)      The latest Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors from Overseas (can be obtained in the police station).

2)      Picture Collection Statement

3)      Service Fee (depending on countries, needs to consult)

4)      A relationship certificate proved by the Chinese embassy (see the picture).

5)      A valid translation of the relationship certificate (can be obtained from a licensed translation company)

Step 3: Wait for our notice. We will contact you for an interview at the police station.

Step 4: Once after the police station accepted the application, please keep staying in Kunming for at least 15 days.

Step 5: After we get back your passport and your new visa, we will contact you to come to the school to collect them. Please be sure to go to the police station for a new Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors from Overseas within 24 hours. A new visa always needs a new Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors from Overseas.

After these, your visa to stay in China will be hassle free. If there is anything you don’t understand, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Reminders:

1.    Consult Us Before You Apply for a Visa

We are very happy to answers all of your questions about visa. Please contact us three months in advance before your visa expires, so that we will have enough time to help you plan your application schedule.

2.    Submit All Required Items in Time

We will handle the entire student visa application, so please feel relaxed. The student visa application process is much more complicated than you think, so please kindly give us sufficient time to prepare. We suggest: submit all required items at least 15 days before your visa expires, so that we can avoid many possible problems. A real example: a former student submitted the required items only one week before his visa expired. However, because the officer was out of town, he could not come back in time before the visa expired. This student finally had to go out of China and re-entered with a tourist visa. The whole process brought him a financial loss of more than RMB 3000.

If anything stated above is not clear or cannot answer your questions, please contact us and we will answer your questions personally. 

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They really care about what our interests are, what questions we have, what requirements we have. Then they adjust our Chinese language program content according to the situations. One teacher and one student, so it is easy to keep your focus for the 6 hours of immersion Mandarin lessons. It is very convenient to study, live and eat in one building.

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Faith | UK

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I have 2 teachers, and I do 4 hours a day. So I have got Dong Laoshi and Jin Laoshi. Both of them are very good. They made the experience very nice to me. They are willing to help you whenever, so if you ever have a question here, the teachers are always there to help you whether it is visas, whether it is getting around the city. Everyone wants to talk to you.

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SJOERD | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

We use a lot of games to learn grammar and new words. We have really good teachers, really patient. She helps us a lot. Our class is really nice and we have people from all over the world, different countries. We often discuss topics in Chinese in our class. I live in the dorm of Keats. It is very convenient. I don’t have to spend time traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.

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杜文宇 | Netherlands

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

So during my first week at Keats, I didn’t dare to speak any Chinese words. I found out that my Chinese level quickly improved since then. Although I have many options to study in China, for example, some other schools have homestay, I found I could immerse myself and fully focus on learning Chinese by staying at Keats.

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Simon | UK & France

Small Group Chinese Class

The visa application was really straightforward, because Keats School helps us a lot with that. Keats has a big emphasis on conversational practice, so we learn a lot of vocabulary and daily life plans which is very convenient for us to go around town and speak with Chinese people which is the whole point of learning Chinese in China.

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Josh | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one of the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with a smile every day.

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Andrew | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I am a graduate student working on my doctorate degree at Columbia University. We were able to really focus on speaking especially interview-style speaking and we are able to really up my Chinese reading and writing skills, so when I go back to Columbia, I can take formal Chinese classes. It has been a really good experience and I really love my teacher.

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Vanya | BULGARIA

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I found Keats to be very good, teachers are excellent and really take the students seriously. Kunming is the best place to learn Mandarin in China. The environment is awesome, no pollution. The air quality is great, good weather. The people here are very friendly. I come to take classes every day. I feel comfortable studying Chinese at Keats. I learned so many things, although I only studied at Keats for 2 months. I am really satisfied with my teacher. For us foreigners, Keats is the best Chinese school in China. Therefore, I would highly recommend Keats to all of you.

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