Our cooperation with the German Embassy and Consulates in China has ended.

Since February 20, 2019 TLScontact is no longer accepting visa applications on behalf of the German missions in China.

Applicants whose applications are still processed by the German missions should contact the German missions regarding their application status.

The website and locations of the new service provider for visa applications are published through the website of the Embassy of Germany.


Employment certificate / Company certificate

Please submit your employer’s certificate or your own company’s certificate which should:

  • Be written on official company paper;
  • Be written in Chinese with a German or English translation if issued by a Chinese company;
  • Be written in German or English if issued by an International company;
  • Include the current address, telephone number, fax number, homepage, email address and contact name of the person within the company;
  • Be stamped by the company;
  • Include the date of issue;
  • Be signed by the responsible authority within the company (no digital signature). The certificate must not be signed by a third person;
  • Include the name and position of the signing officer;
  • Include the applicant’s name, position, salary and years of service;
  • Confirm the approval of leave or absence;
  • Clearly state the purpose and duration of the visit;
  • Include the name of the city and fair being visited if applicable;
  • Include confirmation of position after the return;
  • Include information about financing of travel and accommodation costs (financed by the employer, the inviting company or self-financing)

Company owners must provide a confirmation letter issued by the HR department which fulfills the above mentioned criteria.

The signature of the responsible authority must be original and the letter should not be signed by a third person on behalf of the responsible officer as this could lead to visa refusal.

It is important that the purpose of travel is correctly included in the employment certificate:

  • Applicants travelling for business purposes on behalf of their employer should state the purpose of travel as “business visit“;
  • Applicants travelling to attend a fair or exhibition should indicate the name of the fair and the city in which it is being held as well as the duration of the visit.