Dog Daze says:
What documents are needed for a China national to visit the USA?What documents does someone born and living in mainland China need in order to visit the USA on a vacation/tour and from which governments do they get each from? They need a passport, but what else?
VinegarJoe says:Chinese nationals visiting the US need to apply for a B2 visa. Applications are submitted to the US Embassy in Beijing, or the specific Consulate General's Office serving the applicant's home province. The B2 visa is intended for tourist activities, such as sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, obtaining medical treatment, etc. The B2 visa is not valid for employment in the United States. Applicants for the B2 visa must demonstrate their intention to enter the U.S. for a temporary period, solely for the purpose of tourism and/or short-term business. Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient funds to cover travel expenses during their stay in the U.S.; as well as sufficient social, economic, and other ties to their home country to compel the applicant to return after a temporary and lawful visit. MOST first-time applicants are denied the visa because they lack sufficient proof they'll return to China. As evidence, applicants should bring their bank books and records, Hukou registration book, housing certificate, car registration, and employment and payroll records. Frankly, family ties in China alone is insufficient evidence an applicant would return. Look at it this way: the State Department views all non-immigrant applicants as a potential illegal immigrant; the burden to prove otherwise is on the applicant. The interviewer knows within the first five minutes of the interview whether the application will be approved or denied. On a personal note; my Chinese wife's first application was denied because of insufficient evidence, a friend of ours was denied four times. B2 applicants should be prepared to present the following documentation and any other relevant information at the time of the interview: 1) Valid passport. 2) The DS-160 application form confirmation page, with the telecodes for your name, your name, home address, company name and company address written in Hanzi handwritten on your form. 3) One photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view. 4) Original Bank Receipt for Application Fee: The 1024 RMB application fee may be paid at any CITIC Bank branch in China. Glue or tape the application fee receipt onto the bottom of DS-160 form confirmation page. 5) Passports containing all previous U.S. visas, even if expired. 6) Evidence of Why You Will Return to China: Proof of economic, social, family, or other commitments that will help demonstrate that you intend to return to China after a temporary stay in the U.S. Evidence can vary depending on the applicant’s personal situation. The following are mere suggestions that may help the officer to assess your intentions to return to China and is not an exhaustive list of what applicants should present at their interview: Hukou Registration, ID card, proof of employment, pay statement that shows regular monthly salary, bank books with regular deposits and withdrawals. 7) Invitation Letter: If you are invited to visit someone in the United States, provide information about who is inviting you, purpose of travel, and planned itinerary or schedule. No invitation letter is needed if you are only sightseeing in the United States. 8) Proof of Finances: Proof that you can support yourself during your entire stay in the U.S. without working, e.g. pay statement that shows regular monthly salary & bank books with regular history of deposits and withdrawals, etc. (Please note that certificates of deposit are NOT helpful). 9) If Going to Visit Family: You should provide proof that you have a genuine, ongoing relationship with the person inviting you, and provide information about his/her immigration status in the U.S. The following documentation may be helpful: Hukou registration or other proof of genuine family relationship, photos with the U.S. family members in recent years, copy of his/her U.S. passport or green card, copy of his/her passport and U.S. visas, etc. The above items should not be considered an exhaustive list and presentation of these documents does not guarantee visa issuance. Be prepared to explain to the visa officer and present evidence regarding why you are going to the US and why you will return to China.