Asked by Mr.Jed from Singapore | Dec. 02, 2009 09:32
About:China Embassy in Philippines


I am Filipino and am currently employed in Singapore needing a Chinese visa for my December 2009 holidays with my family in Manila. When I applied for a tourist visa, they outrightly rejected my application for reasons I do not know of and reasons the Chinese Embassy in Singapore would not say. However, they made clear that I would need to obtain my visa in the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.

So, there is no choice for me but to file my application in the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines. I have sent my passports and documents for my family in Manila to process immediately. I am not certain though about the odds of my application being approved. My questions:

1. Do I need to be present in the Philippines to apply since I am currently residing and employed in Singapore?
2. Do I need to present my bank account statement?
3. Are ALL "L" visa applicants being outrightly rejected in the Chinese embassy in the Philippines? What could be the cause? Do we get a higher chance of getting a visa since we are applying for a FAMILY VISIT "L" VISA?

I would really appreciate a quick reply as I need to look into contingency plans now. Thanks.

Answers (1)
Answered by Ms.Carol | Dec. 06, 2009 01:03
1. Personal appearance is required for applicants who are 16-21 years old. therefore, I think you don't need to appear in the embassy. You can ask someone else to apply on your behalf
2. For first time applicants to China (Philippine passport holders, 18 years old and above), they are required to provide the following:
a) original NBI clearance valid for travel abroad
b) original bank certificate with receipt or original passbook, updated within the month that you are applying
3. You are applying for a L visa for tourism, not family visit L visa. Family visit L visa is issued to aiens who come to China for visiting their relatives, family memebers in China.

you will know that it is harder to get a Chinese visa now, you have to have a try. Good Luck!
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