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How to Apply for a Chinese Business Visa

January 25th, 2014

If a business trip to China is on your calendar, getting a Chinese visa should be your top priority. Here’s what you need to know before you apply.

As of September 2013, most business travelers to China will need to apply for an “M” visa. (This is a change from previous years, as business trips used to be covered under an “F” visa.) However, you may need to apply for a different category depending on the type of work you do and the details of your trip, so do consult with the appropriate Chinese consulate or with a visa specialist.

For an M visa, you will need the following documents:

  • Your passport. The expiration date must be at least six months away, and you depending on which consulate you’re applying at, you’ll need one to two blank visa pages in the back.
  • A photocopy of the biographical data page of your passport and your passport photo.
  • One completed Chinese visa application form. All questions on the form must be answered. Enter “not applicable” for questions which don’t apply to you, but do not leave them blank.
  • One passport-sized photo of yourself.
  • Copies of all previous Chinese visas along with copies of the data page of the passport which contain them.
  • Photocopies of previous Chinese passports, if you are a former Chinese citizen.
  • An invitation letter or trade fair invitation.

Unless you use an expediting service, you must apply in person at the appropriate embassy or consulate for your home address. There is an embassy in Washington, DC and there are consulates in New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX. This map will show you where to apply.

You cannot submit a Chinese visa application directly to the embassy/consulate by mail. However, if you can’t or don’t wish to apply in person, you can apply by mail using a visa expediting service who will go over your itinerary to make sure you’re applying for the right visas, help you gather documents, and double check all of your paperwork to avoid common mistakes that can result in the delay or denial of your Chinese business visa.

Planning a trip to China? Contact us today!

Travel Visa Service: 4 Countries Worth The Money

December 17th, 2013

Applying for a travel visa for one of the countries on this list? You’ll probably want to seek professional help with the application process from an experienced group of experts.

India

Currently, India’s visa system is complex and can be confusing, even if you’re just going as a tourist. In fact, the US Department of State notes that “Indian visa regulations change frequently, often with little advance notice, and changes may be poorly advertised and inconsistently enforced.”

With 16 different types of Indian visas to choose from with varying requirements, and a sometimes nit-picky application process, it helps to have a professional visa expediter to guide you through the process and act as your advocate.

China

With an alphabet soup of different visa types, you need to make sure you apply for the right one and that you have the appropriate supporting documents and invitation letter when necessary.

if you don’t use a third-party visa courier, China requires you to apply for a Chinese visa in person. Unless you live in or near one of the 5 Chinese Consulates General locations, you’ll save travel and work time using an expediting service.

Russia

According to the State Department, “Russian visa requirements are complex, and U.S. citizens must take care they do not unintentionally violate entry and exit regulations.”

Need we say more? Visa experts can help you navigate this maze of red tape!

Brazil

Brazil has what is called a “jurisdictional” visa system, which means you must apply at the correct consulate based on your home address. Their rather long list of required documents, include formal invitations for conferences or family, proof of yellow fever vaccination, requirements for children and more. In addition, each consulate can have its own set of requirements.

For example, if you apply in Houston or you live in Connecticut or Rhode Island, they not only require you to submit a copy of your driver’s license, you also have to get it notarized. If you’re applying in Washington, DC and you need proof of yellow fever vaccination, you’ll need your original vaccine certificate as opposed to a copy.

These are just some examples, wouldn’t you rather be planning your trip to the rainforest or deciding which beaches to sunbathe on? Let us help you get your Brazilian visa, and you’ll have more time to spend planning the perfect trip.

If you’re traveling to one of these countries (or anywhere else that requires a visa), we’re here to help. Contact us today!

Uganda Visa Requirements: Check the Expiration Date on Your Passport!

April 9th, 2010

Why get help from a professional visa expediting company when you apply for a visa? Consider the case of Mr. Charles Herman.  Last summer, Mr. Herman planned a trip to Uganda to attend a friend’s wedding.  However, getting there proved to be more of a hassle then he bargained for.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Herman checked the Uganda visa requirements at the US Department of State web site. He saw that he could get a Uganda visa at the airport on arrival and that his passport needed to be valid for three months after his arrival date. He figured he was set.

However, when he went to the airport, he was not allowed on his flight. Uganda actually requires that your passport be valid for 6 months after the date you enter the country. Mr. Herman was able to make it to his friend’s wedding, but only by entering through Kenya and paying a whopping extra fee of $855.66, which the airline refused to refund.

Where did Mr. Herman go wrong? He relied exclusively on the Department of State’s website for information on Uganda visa requirements, and it gave him the wrong information.  (The page has since been corrected.) When it comes to something really important like another country’s entry requirements, it’s best to check both the US Department of State’s site, and, if possible, the web site for the embassy of the country you are visiting.

You could also use a professional visa expediting service like RushMyTravelVisa.com.  When you apply for a visa with us, you work with a trained, professional visa specialist. We offer clear, easy-to-follow instructions that make filling out the required paperwork a snap, and we forward your application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest possible processing.

Need a Uganda visa? Apply with us today!

Without Russian Visas, Couple Almost Misses Honeymoon

November 17th, 2009

A newlywed couple almost missed out on an $2,000 honeymoon in St. Petersburg, Russia because they tried to fly without first obtaining Russian visas for the trip. According to this story in USA Today, Bethany Thomas and Dmitri Zagidulin booked the Russian honeymoon via Expedia.

They weren’t sure if they needed visas or not, but the Expedia travel agent assured them they didn’t.  The newlyweds didn’t even know that they had a problem until they got to Frankfurt and were not allowed to get on board the plane into Russia.  To add insult to injury, their luggage was sent on to St. Petersburg, and all Expedia would do to fix the situation was offer them a $100 hotel credit. Not cool!

Fortunately, this story does have a happy ending, thanks largely to the magic of Facebook and Twitter. Thomas, a writer, chronicled the couple’s frustration on her blog. The blog entry spread via Twitter and Facebook, and people began calling and emailing Expedia on their behalf.

To its credit, Expedia acted quickly to prevent a potential PR disaster by doing the right thing for the couple, reimbursing for extra expenses like the cost of securing expedited Russian visas and giving them $3,000 in future travel credits.  Nice!

There are 2 lessons we can learn from this story:

  1. Social networking is powerful.
  2. Don’t rely on a booking agent to tell you whether or not you need a visa.  Check the Department of State’s website or call RushMyTravelVisa.com!

At RushMyTravelVisa, we’ll be happy to research your itinerary and let you know what visas you will need for your trip. We’ll also help you with application paperwork and then forward your application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for faster processing.

You’ll work with a trained, knowledgeable visa specialist to get the paperwork you need for your trip. This is especially helpful when it comes to countries like Russia, which maintain what even the US State Department calls a “restrictive and complicated visa regime.”

Contact us today for help with your Russian visa application!