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Question on Applying for Chinese Tourist Visa - Canadian Citizen - Ottawa

Old Nov 10, 18, 3:15 pm
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Question on Applying for Chinese Tourist Visa - Canadian Citizen - Ottawa

Will be going to China for the first time as a tourist - with family - first week of Jan.
More than 6 days, more than 1 city - so we need a visa.
We will apply for a Chinese 10 yr multi-entry tourist visa.

Reading the instructions on the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa web site.
Link:

Visa Requirements

It directs me to the Chinese Online Visa Application (COVA). Nine page form!

link: https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn/qzCoCommo...1&locale=en_US


It is not clear to me - is the application totally on-line (but a photo is required - how does one submit that on-line?), or does one go to the Chinese embassy?, or does one submit the application form to some other site (in person) in Ottawa?
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Old Nov 10, 18, 3:20 pm
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Iíve not done a China (or actually any visa) on a Canadian passport but have done numerous online visa applications in UK and Canada where one just uploads a jpg photo.

Edit - Just took a look and form has a upload photo bit, here are the requirements...

https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn/qzCoCommo...VKVKrjV8rirjVc
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Old Nov 10, 18, 3:27 pm
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Effective Aug 1, there is the new visa service:

The Chinese Embassy in Canada will outsource the authentication service to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center from August 1, 2018

Some - do we submit to the service, or go to the service (?Embassy, some other site) or both?
Somewhere it talks about scheduling interviews - presumably we do that only if we are asked to schedule an interview
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it is easy

You download the form, print it, complete it, and bring it (with photos) to the service centre during opening hours. Also, a good idea to have a hotel booking.
NB The service centre is not new. Its been around for awhile!
As you have already figured out, its best to get a multiple entry visa - same cost and its good until the expiry date of your passport.
I have visas for India Vietnam & China - all in YOW. Hands down, the Chinese visa was the easiest.
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Originally Posted by Antonio8069 View Post
You download the form, print it, complete it, and bring it (with photos) to the service centre during opening hours. Also, a good idea to have a hotel booking.
NB The service centre is not new. Its been around for awhile!
As you have already figured out, its best to get a multiple entry visa - same cost and its good until the expiry date of your passport.
I have visas for India Vietnam & China - all in YOW. Hands down, the Chinese visa was the easiest.
+1, it really is easy - much more than the Russian or Brazilian process!

It's a very efficient system, and like Antonio8069 mentioned, it's not new. I went there for my first visa in 2012 (second in 2013), back before Canada was allowed to have multi-entry visas. As he also mentioned, multi-entry is the way to go.

Regarding India, I actually found it the easiest (since it's all online), although it took me a loooong time to enter all my previous country visits into the system!
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Old Nov 11, 18, 7:33 am
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I wlll then go to the Service Centre.

Chinese Visa Application Service Centre



Office Address :220 Laurier Avenue West,Suite 1450, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5Z9,Canada
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two more details

1. requires two visits - one to drop off your passports, the next to pick up;
2. I paid by credit card. I imagine they also accept debit?
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Old Nov 20, 18, 10:19 am
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The question is how do we answer the questions:

We want to be fully flexible - want it for 10 years - do we state that we want it for 10 years, do should we say that we want it for the validity period of the passport?

Maximal length of stay - I doubt I will ever need to stay more than 2 weeks - should I put 4 weeks.

Obviously, I should say multiple?

This would be our first Chinese visa application?


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We are confused

Went to visa application office today.

Was told that the 9 page visa application is a diplomatic visa application.

Gave us a 4 page visa application.

It does not seem that one can apply for a 10 year multiple visa application?

This is the Chinese visa application:







heading:



中 华 人 民 共 和 国 签 证 申 请 表 Visa Application Application Form of the People’s Republic of China (For the Mainland of China only)







duration/number of entries:







2.2 计划 入境次数



Intended number of entries







Options:







One entry valid for 3 months from date of issue



Two entries valid for 3-6 months from the date of issue



multiple entries for 6 months from the date of issue



multiple entries for 12 months from the date of issue



Other - please specify







(Please note - I could not copy and paste this section - I do not know why?).







So this application does not look like a 10 year multiple entry visa - unless one adds it to the last option?
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Originally Posted by FlyerGoldII View Post
Went to visa application office today.

Was told that the 9 page visa application is a diplomatic visa application.

Gave us a 4 page visa application.

It does not seem that one can apply for a 10 year multiple visa application?

This is the Chinese visa application:

heading:

中 华 人 民 共 和 国 签 证 申 请 表 Visa Application Application Form of the Peopleís Republic of China (For the Mainland of China only)

duration/number of entries:

2.2 计划 入境次数

Intended number of entries

Options:

One entry valid for 3 months from date of issue

Two entries valid for 3-6 months from the date of issue

multiple entries for 6 months from the date of issue

multiple entries for 12 months from the date of issue

Other - please specify

(Please note - I could not copy and paste this section - I do not know why?).

So this application does not look like a 10 year multiple entry visa - unless one adds it to the last option?
Since you were there in person why not ask them to hear this from the horse's mouth?
I know that they were still issuing 10yrs Multi-Entries at Toronto this November.
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