AMERICAN VISA SERVICE

QUICK FACTS ABOUT VISAS TO CHINA:


--VISA VALIDITY: Crew visas are usually valid for 5yr, multiple entry with 10 day stay. IF YOU HAVE A CURRENT VISA TO CHINA, PLEASE WAIT TO APPLY FOR A NEW ONE UNTIL YOU HAVE 30-60 DAYS OF VALIDITY LEFT ON YOUR CURRENT VISA.

--THE PROCESS TIME varies by consulate. Please check Step 3 for most up-to-date information. If you want to apply for a 2nd passport, please click here.

--PASSPORT VALIDITY: Your passport should be valid for 1yr or longer and have 2-3 clear visa pages (last 3 pages are not counted as visa pages). If your passport is valid for less than 1 yr,you must renew your passport first. Click here to download instructions.

--A PHOTO can be taken digitally with a cell phone. Make sure to stand against a light-colored smooth wall and your shoulders must be fully visible in the photo. E-mail it to us in "actual size" and we'll re-size, crop and print it out for you.

--VISA APPLICATION: new visa application has been released by the Embassy of China on Jan. 4, 2021.

CHINESE CREW VISA-

OPTION A: APPLY THROUGH FTC

IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:



ALL OTHER STATES











STEP 1: PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS TO FTC AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE

STEP 2: FTC WILL MAIL YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT & DOCUMENT PACKET TO AVS FOR PROCESSING

IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:


  • Arizona
  • Southern California
  • Hawaii
  • New Mexico
  • Pacific Islands







  • Original signed passport
  • Document Checklist & Applications (click here to download). All forms can be typed on a computer, printed single-sided & signed OR printed first and filled out by hand. Make sure to follow the checklist and provide ALL documents listed on page 1. United Expedite Letter will be provided by FTC
  • One passport photo (can be taken digitally with a cell phone. Make sure to stand against a light-colored smooth wall and your shoulders must be fully visible in the photo. E-mail it to INFO@AVSCHICAGO.COM in "actual size" and reference in the e-mail that you'll be applying through FTC)

PROCESSING TIMES

IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:


  • Alaska
  • Northern California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington







IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:


  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:


  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin



*IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR "ALL OTHER STATES": new submission procedure initiated by the embassy. Passports will now be accepted and released back with visas on Fridays only. Make sure to time mailing your paperwork, so we can receive the originals by Wednesday or Thursday and submit on Friday. Your visa will be ready either the following Friday (5 days) or Friday after that (10 days). There is no way to ensure that visa can be processed in 5 days instead of 10. It depends on how busy the embassy is every week.