1. Is an appointment required for a visa application? Can I find someone else to apply for me?
No appointment is required. You may find someone else or a formal visa agent to assist you finishing applications by going to the visa office for application process, but mailing applications directly to Chinese Embassy is not acceptable.
2. I cannot download the application forms from the Internet, Can you send it to me via E-mail?
We are pleased to assist you in your visa application. You can contact us by email – UCBCEC@ yahoo.com, or phone – (703) 934-4620.
3. Can I provide the embassy or consulate a photocopy of my passport?
Your must provide your original passport.
4. Do I have to fill out the Physical Examination Record for foreigner?
This form is strictly required for those who will study in China over one year. If you plan to stay in China for less than one year, you don't have to provide the record.
5. What is the Children Travel Certificate?
The Children Travel Certificate is only for the Chinese children who are borned in US but whose parents are still holding Chinese passports and neither of them has a green card.
6. My child is traveling to China with me. He/She cannot sign application on his/her own. Could I sign it on his/her behalf?
Yes, you can.
7. Can I use a certified mail from a post office to send my application to your office?
Sure. You can choose any type of mail service to send us your application package. Here, we would like to recommend you to use FedEx or USPS for the safety and reliability purpose.
8. I am wondering whether you have received my application. Can I call you to check the status of my application?
Yes, you can always send us an email or give us a call to get your application status.
9. I tried to call your office today but only get the voice mail. What should I do?
It is difficult for us to answer all our clients’ calls in time. We apologize for any inconvenience that might cause. You can leave a voice message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
10. What are the required documents needed for my application?
Please visit "Visa Types" on the left.
11. What is your payment policy?
The total cost for a visa application includes consular fee charged by the Visa Office of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate plus Service fee charged by UCBCEC and shipping fee charged by a postage courier. If there are more than five applicants, we can give you group discount for the service charge.
12. I am going to Guang Zhou, then to Hong Kong and back to Guang Zhou. Do I have to apply for a double-entry visa?
Yes. Double-entry visa means you can enter mainland China twice. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region. So in this case a double-entry visa is required.
13. My flight goes to Hong Kong directly and then I plan to take the train going to Guang Zhou. Do I need an entry or exit visa for both places?
US citizens can enter and stay in Hong Kong within 90 days without a visa. All applicants without a Chinese passport need a visa to entry the mainland China. For Hong Kong visa requirements, please click here.
14. I will be in Hong Kong Airport in transit for 6 hours. Do I need a visa?
If you are staying at the airport for more than 24 hours, then you need a Hong Kong Entry Permit. The required documents are listed below:
- Valid original passport and one passport photo
- One copy of residential certification (like green card, or any US visa)
- One copy of flight tickets
- Hong Kong Entry Permit Application Form (IDE936A)
- Invoice/Receipt of your competed online registration form.