I'm a Canadian citizen born in Iraq. I came to Canada at a young age. Could I be denied a tourist visa to China? The visa agency said I might be. What's the likelihood of this happening?
Any citizen of any country could be denied a visa by any other country, there are no guarantees. A Visa Service will inform you of this upfront to avoid any legal issues later, if by chance you are one of the unlucky few.
In your particular situation, the chances of a denied visa are likely low. But we don't know your situation (work, background, income, etc) to be certain.
Quite likely, perhaps a 20% chance. Despite what others here are saying:
- Use an agency, because Chinese visas are usually obtained via a "connection". Don't go and apply by yourself.
- Your passport will probably state your place of birth as Iraq, and that's a huge red flag to them (no pun intended), unlike if you were born in Russia or a similarly "harmless" country.
Firstly, avoid visa agencies, as they often charge fees and/or present the paperwork incorrectly.
Secondly, it is very unusual for Chinese tourist visas to be denied for Western citizens. If you hand in all the documents required, it's usually an automatic approval (this is my experience with Russian visas, and Chinese ones are supposedly even easier)
Go onto this site, select the application centre nearest to you, and follow the step-by-step instructions. You can also apply via post, convenient if the nearest application centre is far from you.