Applying for a Chinese visa has been. The. Biggest. Pain.
I had been running around like a chicken with my head cut off for weeks, trying to figure out what forms I needed to submit, and also which visa would be best suited for what I’m trying to do. I finally decided on a six month multiply entry F (business) visa, which says it’s for internships and cultural exchanges (which is what I will be doing).
I went to the visa office this past Friday to turn in my stuff, but they kept giving me mixed information about what forms I needed to submit with my application. After about half an hour of talking, I thought everything was going well, until right before I left the office, I decided to double check and ask if they were sure I didn’t need proof of my ticket out of China to get the visa.
They told me I did.
WELL WHY DIDN’T THEY TELL ME THIS BEFORE I ALMOST LEFT?
Seriously, I had been sitting there for over thirty minutes, talking with them and showing them my paperwork. They should have seen that I didn’t have a ticket out of the country. Then, they kept saying I was applying for a tourist visa, even though I clearly marked the “business visa” box on the application and showed proof that I would be doing PAID internship (which is important, ‘cause it’s illegal to work on a tourist visa).
Eventually, they said they will try to get me a business visa with the forms I did have, and they will call me if they have any problems. Hopefully they keep their word.
I’m already cutting it really close to the date I’m leaving. I’m not expecting to get my visa back until the 25th of April, and I don’t even know what I’m going to do if my application gets denied :(