F1's governing body is seeking to solve a visa problem ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix next month.
The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat reports that the visa documentation for many of the sport's travelling personnel is late.
After the FIA's head of communications Matteo Bonciani wrote to Shanghai race organiser Juss Event this week, the reply admitted that the visa application process for 2011 "will be a little time-consuming".
"Once we get the notice from the Shanghai foreign affair office, we will immediately inform the applicants," the letter added.
The letter also said visa invitation letters have been sent to Chinese embassies and consulates "as far as I know".