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?

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    this morning at the visa agency, the guy next to me (who sounded like he was from the UK) was denied a visa because he had visited Pakistan. He was complaining very loud, because it said nowhere that he was supposed to inform them that he had visited Pakistan. They made him reapply. (he was loud, I could hear the whole thing) My guess is that countries you recently visited may be a more relevant issue. – PatrickT Sep 27 '17 at 20:19
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    @PatrickT: That's surprising. China and Pakistan are great friends. But the Chinese visa process is not designed to be transparent, even less so than for many other countries. – hippietrail Sep 28 '17 at 1:52
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    @hippietrail, yes, I've applied for visas to China on several occasions and they never twice asked for the same set of documents... – PatrickT Sep 28 '17 at 6:53

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.
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    Had a similar experience. Went to an embassy on my own, couldn't get anything done. Went to a visa agency with the very same documents, no issue. – Robus Sep 27 '17 at 5:09
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    @Robus Really now? Here in Zurich you just go to the consulate, hand in the documents listed on the website, and they'll call you when the visa's ready. What embassy did you go to? – Crazydre Sep 27 '17 at 6:14
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    "Use an agency" and "connection" seriously??? – Mehdi Sep 27 '17 at 14:05
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    @Mehdi Yes, I concur on this point. I've applied in the UK (successfully) for visas using both methods (agency / embassy), and the agency had an advantage. Their applications were streamlined. I confirmed this myself by checking appointment availability at the embassy (~1 week wait time). The agency got my application dealt with the next day. This was something specific to the agency: there was no next day service available through the embassy (even for extra money). The person at the agency had a contact at the embassy that they sent all their applications to. – JBentley Sep 27 '17 at 14:26
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    "Use an electrician" and "skill/experience" seriously??? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Sep 27 '17 at 18:24

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.

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