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Au Pair in China: visa information

All the Au Pairs will need a visa to join the Au Pair cultural exchange in China. The type of visa depends on the length of stay: 

Find out more information about the types of visa here. 
Au Pair in China visa

F-VISA (Travel)

This visa will be valid up to 6 months. This visa type entitles a person to live in China with the following purposes:
  • cultural exchange
  • language courses
  • study-tours
  • visit

X-VISA (Student)

If the Au Pair is willing to stay longer than 6 months in China, they might need to apply for this visa. This visa is required for:
  • internships
  • studies
  • long term courses
You can find the detailed information at the Chinese embassy located in your home country.

How can an Au Pair apply for a visa?

If the Au Pair meets all the program requirements to get a visa, below you can find the main list of documents required for the visa application:
  • Passport with at least 6 month validity and a copy of the page with the Au Pair’s photo and personal details  
  • Completed application form (it is available at the Embassy or Chinese Visa application center) and one passport photo on a light background 
  • Invitation letter from the Host Family
  • The Au Pair contract, which needs to be signed by both parties
For more detailed information, the Au Pairs should get in touch with the Chinese embassy or a consulate in their home countries. 

Further information 

  • If the participant would like to travel home during the Au Pair program or visit Hong Kong or Macao, they will need at least the “double entry” visa.
  • If the Au Pair is applying for an X student visa, one of the conditions will be enrolling at a Chinese university, so the Au Pair will have to join a course
  • The visa processing time is 4 business days as a rule. 


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