Note: This page is only for travelers who DO NOT reside in CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, or WI. If you reside in one of these states, use the previous China page.

Residents of ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NJ, NY, PA, and OH must use the application form specific to NEW YORK; see list of requirement.

Visas for China — Out of Chicago Jurisdiction

Use this information if you reside in a State outside the Chicago Jurisdiction. You will find the Requirements, Processing Times and Fees below. Once you have gathered the necessary documents, ship them to us in Chicago (address at the top of the Order Form below) and we will process the visa. Please note that most out-of-jurisidiction visas take longer to process and cost more.

If you have questions at any point in the process, click the  and you will be directed to a pop-up page with more information; close that once your question is answered and proceed. 


  • Signed Passport with at least six months validity and blank visa pages

  • A copy of the picture page of the Passport. This is the page with the photo and personal details.

  • One passport-type photo

  • Completed and signed application. Click HERE for the application. All blanks MUST BE FILLED IN online (no hand-writing is allowed) even if only with "n/a" when not applicable and the form must be on 4 separate sheets. Your name exactly as it appears in your Passport must be entered in Section 1.1.  

    Please note: These forms must be filled out online, printed and signed. Hand-written applications are not accepted and must be on 4 separate sheets.

  • Original Business Letter from company in the U.S. (for Business Visas)

  • Separate letter on Company letterhead with the complete name and description of the company (what the company does, where it is located, etc.) and the complete title and job description of the applicant. This letter should be signed by the same person signing the business letter - see above.

  •  Resume for the applicant

  • Invitation from Company to visited in China (for Business Visas) 

  • Copy of flight itinerary on Travel Agency letterhead or copy of tickets This is now required for all visas.

  • Copy of Driver's License or State ID to prove residence

  • Confirmation of Hotel Reservation from hotel in China. Must include complete address and phone number and match the information entered on the application

  • (for Non-US Passport holders)  The original Alien Registration Card and a copy of the front and back of the Card ("Green Card") or copy of U.S. visa in Passport

Processing Times and Fees:

Processing Type: Service Fee:
Regular Processing — 7 or more Business days: $130 (US Passportholders)
$155 (non-US Passports)
Rush Processing less than — 7 Business days: $180 (US Passport holders)
$205 (non-US Passports)

China charges: $160 or $140 depending on processing time for visas

Place order:

Due to variables in prices we do not offer an online order for out-of-jurisdiction visas; please use our VISA/PASSPORT ORDER FORM. Complete all information and ship it with all your documents to the address at the top of the form. Your credit card will be charged once the work is complete and we will include a receipt with your returned passport.

American Visa Service - 53 West Jackson - Suite 1226 - Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 922-8860 fax (312)922-7578


Note: Visa documents not in our office by 9:30 a.m. (CST) may be submitted the following business day and/or may be charged additional rush fees to meet a date of departure. We suggest you ship documents by UPS Early AM with signature waived as all other options generally arrive too late for submission. All passport documents will be submitted the day after they are received. AVS is not responsible for deliveries to our office. American Visa Service, Inc. is not responsible for passports lost, delayed or damaged by any government office, Consulate or delivery service. American Visa is not responsible for the websites of other offices nor for problems with those sites. Fees and/or requirements may change with little or no advance notice. All cancelled orders will incur a 10% credit card fee to cover the fees AVS is charged by Visa/MC/Amex to process charges and refunds.