Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2012 5:43 PM Last Post By: jiejie
Oct 2, 2012 9:09 AM
Oct 2, 2012 11:06 AM
1The answer depends on your country of citizenship. Generally, it is best to apply in the country where you are a legal resident and, preferably, a citizen. That said, you can apply in person only at the Chinese embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over your place of residence. If there is no Chinese consulate closer to your city than the embassy in your national capital, then you would have to go to the embassy to apply on your own. The Chinese authorities generally don't accept visa applications by mail. Depending on your country, though, they may allow you to hire an agent to submit your application for you. You should go to the website of the Chinese embassy in your country and look up their rules for visa applications to see if that is an option for you. A good travel agent should be able to arrange this, perhaps through an intermediary, or you might do a Web search for a visa agent in your country.
Oct 2, 2012 12:55 PM
Oct 2, 2012 3:48 PM
Oct 2, 2012 4:01 PM
4It's true that it seems uncomfortable sending your passport and money off to an address you found on the web, but I don't ever recall a complaint here about a visa agency not being legit. Generally, I let price be my guide.
Note that most visa agencies will process US passports regardless where you live in the US; that is, you can be in Portland -- either Portland -- and be processed using an agency that sends its visa applications to the Houston consulate.
With visa fees and agency fees and courier fees, getting a Chinese visa for a four-day visit will be quite expensive for an American, coming to over US$200. For Americans, the price is the same regardless of duration.
Oct 2, 2012 5:25 PM
5Apparently you can NOT send your Passport/Visa Applications via mail to the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in the USA, so unless you drop off in person as the designated regional Consulate depending what state you live in, then you need to use a Visa service. There was just a post here in the last few days about Chinese Visa services in the US, just read back a day max.
Luckily, I live 6 blocks from the one Chicago. Now that my wife is a US Citizen, we need to get her a Visa now, at least with her family there she can get a 2 year Multi entry/exit 90 days per stay...I hope.
Oct 2, 2012 6:38 PM
6Actually, in the US, your application must be processed by the consulate that has jurisdiction over your place of residence. For Portland, Oregon, I believe that's San Francisco. Anyway, visa agencies know these rules and more, which is one reason you might consider using one instead of applying individually. You have a lower chance of rejection or other hassles. Many online visa services will charge $60 per passport or more, but you might consider visiting a Chinese-American travel agency in your local Chinatown. That's what I did, and they were able to get me a visa for $25 plus the cost of the visa.
Oct 2, 2012 7:05 PM
7No, this is not true. Several agencies state clearly they can process visas from any state, and I know personally that they can. E.g.,
"We work with different consulates & service ALL 50 STATES."
"Note: I have been authorized by the Houston Consulate to submit visa applications from residents of all 50 states."
Oct 3, 2012 5:43 PM
8#6 not true. The Chinese Embassy likes to put this out there in an effort to spread workload (and income from visa fees) around the Consulates, but it is not a requirement that US applicants deal with the Consulate assigned to cover their state.
For Chinese citizens in the USA needing consular assistance from a Chinese mission, I believe under non-emergency circumstances, they do need to deal with the Embassy (or Consulate) serving their US location of residence, but that's a different kettle of fish.
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