You may apply for the X1/X2 student visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your home country. When applying for your visa, please remember to bring along your valid passport, the original university admission letter and the JW201/JW202 form.
1) X1 Visa The X1 visa is one of the two types of student visas issued by Chinese embassies/consulates. International students who intend to study in China for more than 6 months are required to obtain an X1 Visa.
The X1 Visa is a 30-day visa, valid only for 30 days upon your arrival in China. You must apply for a Residence Permit within these 30 days; otherwise, your stay would be considered illegal and you would receive a heavy fine.
The X2 visa is the other type of student visa issued by Chinese embassies/consulates. International students who intend to study in China for less than 6 months should apply for an X2 Visa.
The X2 visa is a short-term student visa, and valid for the period listed on the visa page. Any stay over the visa term will be considered illegal. For example, if you enter China on Aug 25, with an X2 visa that will expire in 90 days, you have to leave China or apply for the visa extension in the local police station before Nov. 23.
The Residence Permit is a multiple-entry long-term visa issued by local police stations in China to international students who will be studying in China for more than 6 months, with the expiration date listed on the permit. Residence Permit Sample.
According to Chinese law and regulations, international students MUST register at universities with X1/X2 visas or residence permits issued by Chinese police stations. Students with other types of visas are NOT permitted to register.