Foreigners coming to China to visit parents, parents of spouse, grandparents, brother or sister, uncle, aunt and so on, should enter China with L visa and stay within the validity of the visa. Those who need stay over the validity of the visa must apply for a new one in advance.
Foreigners applying for L visa must answer related questions and submit the following papers:
An application specified with the relationship between applicant and relative in China and duration of stay.
Fill completely and correctly in Visa and Residence Permit Application Form with black or blue pen or ball-point pen.
One recently taken two-inch half-length，bareheaded and full-faced photo for application form.
The original and copy of valid passport, valid Chinese visa and entry seal.
The original and copy of Registration Form of Temporary Residence from local police station. (It is not requested if you lodge at hotel.)
Foreigners visiting residents of inland China must also provide the certificate of permanent residence of the relative to be visited, or related identification of the relative’s current place of residence and the relatives’ ID card;
Foreigners visiting the returned overseas Chinese must also provide the relatives’ Chinese passports and identification of permanent residence abroad;
Foreigners visiting Hong Kong or Macao residents must also provide the relatives’ Permit to Hong Kong and Macao Residents for Traveling to and from Inland China, or the Home-coming Certificate of Hong Kong and Macao Compatriots;
Foreigners visiting Taiwan residents must also provide the relatives’ Permit to Taiwan Residents for Traveling to and from Inland China, or Travel Permit of the People’s Republic of China.
Foreigners visiting a foreigner in China who gets residence permit or Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Card must provide his/her Residence Permit or Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Card.
Foreigners visiting returned overseas Chinese or Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan residents must provide identification to show that the person to be visited has resided in China for longer than six months.
Identifications issued by organizations abroad must be attested by the Chinese embassy or consular post in that country. Non-English identifications must be translated into Chinese by professional translation agency.