AMERICAN VISA SERVICE

AMERICAN VISA SERVICE

ATTN.: VALENTINA MEEHAN

44337 LORD FAIRFAX PLACE

ASHBURN VA 20147

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 will need to renew your passport first. Click here for 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.

Payments can be made by a credit card (you can list it on the AVS order form). Your card will be charged when we receive your originals. A receipt will be e-mailed to you. Totals listed below include our service fee ($150), embassy fees ($185-$195), handling fees ($20) and overnight shipment back to you by FedEx ($40). Consulate/embassy fees, handling fees and shipping will be reimbursed to you. PLEASE NOTE: service fee is NOT a reimbursable expense. This will be covered by 1 hour Add-Pay instead.


Processing times are general and can be changed by the consulates without prior notice. When we receive your original paperwork, we will review and advise if anything is missing. If all documents are in order, pre-approval will be started first and once it comes through, your original paperwork will be submitted to the consulate for processing. Once paperwork is submitted, there is no way to retrieve your passport earlier, we must wait for your visa to be issued.

IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:



ALL OTHER STATES









STEP 3: COSTS & PROCESSING TIMES (please note: processing times are estimated and can change at any time. The consulates do not provide specific dates of completion)

CHINESE CREW VISA- OPTION B: PILOT'S RESPONSIBILITY

IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:


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







STEP 1: GATHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND FILL OUT APPLICATION FORMS:

*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.

IF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS FROM:


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

STEP 2: MAIL YOUR ORIGINALS TO OUR TEMPORARY ADDRESS:

  • Download the document checklist and all required applications (click here to download)
  • Make sure to print out everything single-sided and sign applications where indicated
  • Questions about forms or documents? Email: valentina@avschicago.com

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:


  • Alaska
  • Northern California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington