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Old Apr 25th, 2014, 08:33 AM
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Hooray! My fiancé's visa was approved and issued. Now we are just waiting for it to get to the pick-up location! Started the process 7 July 2013. Finalized 22 April 2014. 9 months and 18 days Took 5 months at USCIS, 2 days at USNVC, and 1.5 months at Guangzhou Consulate. The rest was mailing time and waiting. Would have gone quicker but we missed a form. The US Consulate has subcontracted all applications processes to CGI. So I had to mail an original signed document to her (adding 12 days)before they would approve the visa. So happy I get to see my sweet-heart soon!
On a side-note: Guangzhou consulate is the only place in China that does fiancé visas.
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Old Apr 26th, 2014, 04:28 PM
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If anybody has the patience to rad this long thread to learn about applying for their visa, they should be warner that the majority of these comments pre-date a number of changes in the rules and may not apply to your current situation.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 09:35 PM
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Even with all the above problems it sound much easier than for a person from most countries to get a US visa.
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Old May 27th, 2016, 11:07 AM
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Just wasted a day today and thinking I had everything prepared:

You have to commit by making airline reservation, hotel stay, etc. before getting the visa. This is for a tourist visa.

For an F or M visa, make sure you get the inviter. It has to be a personal invitation and should detail why you are being invited to China.

First time was not a favorable experience, but I got in line early 8:30 am and was the 9th of 500 people by the time it opened at 9:00 am. 4 people to help 500 people. Tellers don't care.

If not for my job, I would just skip China. I can live my life without ever seeing China. Same with Brazil, Argentina, Russia.
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Old May 27th, 2016, 04:47 PM
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I received my tourist 10 year multiple entry Chinese visa for $140 on Monday, a week after sending it to A. Briggs's San Francisco office. Yes, you have provide photocopies of a round trip ticket, and if you're traveling independently as I am, make up a fake itinerary and provide photocopies of hotel bookings for the entire trip (easy to book through booking.com and then cancel). Since I don't live in SF, I had to pay a service fee & postage but the process was much quicker and easier than I had anticipated. I'll be traveling in Eastern Tibet this summer and then in the fall I'm heading down the Mekong to Vientiane (on the new Yunnan Pandaw). I see the new 10 year visas a definite improvement over the single entry and 1 yr multiple entry visa of the past.
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