China visa woes.
June 18, 2012 4:14 PM Subscribe
I am traveling to China on July 17th to teach English to academics, having been invited by a college there. I'm applying for a Business F visa. Co-travelers have successfully received their visas through consulate X. Consulate Y is telling our agency that we need two letters, but the requirements for an "F" visa clearly state that one will suffice. It gets worse.
Incidentally, I am leaving from the U.S.
My colleague, who submitted their application at the same time, just spoke with them.
When he asked if they submitted the application as a "business trip" the agency said no because it "would not have worked." The agency also said the rules changed a month ago requiring two letters.
However, when the agency faxed a document showing the supposed changes in the rules, it was just a requirement that the invitation letter require a stamp, which ours did.
When my colleague told them the applications at another consulate went through with no problem, they yelled at him that they do this every day and it would not have worked - and if they try to submit it one more time marked improperly, it will be rejected and we would be "put on a list".
I have a friend who lives by the other consulate--should I Fedex everything and try again? Am I going to get banned from China for multiple visa attempts? Is there a reliable online processor of Chinese visas?
Is there an online forum filled with experts in Chinese Visa applications?
Thanks, and apologies for the panicked nature of this note.