Asked by Millton from New Zealand | Nov. 17, 2011 20:41
About:China Consulate in Auckland

Is it possible to request a visa that starts the day before travel. as oppsed to date of issue?

I requested a six month visa, but don't intend travelling for another four weeks, as the intended date of travel is on the visa appiication form, why cant we get a visa that starts the day before travel?

In reality only getting a five month visa?

Answers (1)
Answered by Bob | Nov. 19, 2011 01:08
Generally speaking, applicants are advised to apply for a China visa one month before the intended departure to China. If you apply visa too late, you can't get the visa in time, or you have to pay extra fee for express service or rush service. It generaly takes 4 working days for processing including the submission date, if you want to get the visa the day before travel, you have to make a well arrangement for the date of submission, 4 working days before the date of travel.

If you submit visa application now, it takes 4 working days for processing, the issue date on the visa is 3 working days later than the application date. The visa officer will write the intended date of travel for the issue date on the visa.
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