CHINA VISA PROCESSING
The information below is for 2013. Any changes in dates or other information will be posted when available.
DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN YOUR PASSPORT AND YOUR VISA APPLICATION THE SAME WAY.
1. To obtain a visa, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return date. Check that the passport is signed.
2. You must have at least two blank pages marked “VISA” inside of your passport.
3. For those teaching in China, we have been advised that we no longer need official invitation letters. This, of course, may change. We are planning to ask the Consulate to issue 60-90 day tourist visas, which should cover all who will be touring before/after the teaching sessions.
4. Complete the current Visa Application Form. None of the previous visa forms will be accepted. Use ONLY this form, which you can find using the link below.
5. Photo: You will need one regulation, full face, color passport photo to accompany your visa application. Nothing else will be accepted. Sign the back of the photo. Do not send homemade photos. They are not acceptable and will be rejected.
6. Time: Allow two weeks for mail delivery and processing of your visa before it is returned to you.
7. Mailing Security: I recommend you use the US Post Office large Priority Mail Cardboard Envelope that you personally drop off at your post office. Inside, you can fold the large cardboard envelope in half or use a smaller Priority mail packet for return mailing. You need to have the return envelope stamped and prepared by the post office for mailing back to you. Note: You can add whatever additional security measures you choose (or not) such as Return Receipt Requested, Registered, to your return mail address.
If you have a large mailer, you may send as many passports as will fit into one mailer. I also like using FedEx with a return, prepaid envelope. Whichever you use, make sure there is a tracking number.
8. DO NOT SEND ANYTHING FROM DHL, FED-EX OR ANY OTHER PRIVATE MAIL COMPANY IF YOU REQUIRE A SIGNATURE. YOU CAN DESIGNATE THAT NO SIGNATURE IS NECESSARY. If our travel agent is not there to sign for your package, it takes at least three days before it's ready to be picked up, and hours of driving to get to the locations where the packet can be picked up. The packets will eventually be returned to you, and you will probably miss your visa deadline so don’t use these services with signature required. You are welcome to use anything you like as long as no signature is required. If you have to have a signature, use the US Post Office.
9. Mail your:
a. Passport - signed,
b. Completed and signed Visa Application,
c. A copy of your driver's license. (New requirement)
d. a self-addressed, stamped envelope for mailing it back to you in the manner you desire – return receipt requested, priority, whatever makes you feel comfortable and is large enough to hold your passport,
e. One regulation passport photo signed on the back, and 5. a check in the amount of: $160.00 per person, check made payable to PTS. You do not need to send separate checks if you are paying for more than one visa. One check for all visas per packet is just fine as long as the amount is $160 per person,
f. Your flight intinerary if you have NOT purchased your ticked from Jang Huang. For teachers who have booked with Jane, she will print the itinerary for them. (new requirement).
533 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tel: (626) 300-3888
Fax: (626) 300-3886
All visa packets should be in Jane's hands between May 1 and May 15. It will take about two weeks for processing.
9. You are more than welcome to apply for your visa on your own –but make sure to follow all of the steps set forth, above. Also, be sure that all entry and return dates are correct. The visas will indicate that you must enter China by a certain date. If you aren’t familiar with this process, use Jane.
Get a Copy of the Chinese Visa Application
Link to -> Chinese Embassy - Visa Application Form
(You can fill in the form from your monitor, then print out the completed form.It cannot be saved to your computer.)
(This link will appear in new window)
NOTE: If you have trouble typing onto the Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) from, you will neet to upgrade to the latest version of the Adobe Reader. You can get that at http://get.adobe.com/reader.
VISA APPLICATION SUGGESTIONS
Suggested responses for Chinese visa entries:
All visa packets should be in Jane' Huang's hands between May 1 and May 15 (at the latest).
1.1 Surname - Your last name
Given name: Your first and middle name
1.3 Leave blank
1.5 Sign your name
1.6 Current Nationality - American or Canadian or whatever you are. Please do not say things like American Indian or Irish. Nationality is what country you are a citizen of.
1.11 Local ID card number - drivers license
1.14 Passport type - Ordinary
Passport information is all inside passport
2.1 For Wuhan - Tourism. anything other than Wuhan, contact Bill Ingram for work visa details.
2.2 One entry
2.3 Date flight arrives (remember you cross the date line) so it will be the next day
2.4 60 days
2.5 Huazhong University of Science and Technology
1037 Luoyu road
Wuhan, Hubei Province,
2.7 list your medical insurance information in the US and your account number
2.9 same as 2.8
Answer all questions
5.1 and 5.2 leave blank
6.1 6.2 Sign and date
7.1-7.7 leave blank