Thursday, January 22, 2009

Update on Obtaining a Visa to China

The rules for US passport holders in Singapore for obtaining a visa to China have not changed. Visas are still available for either a single or double entry, valid for 3 and 6 months, respectively.

I got lucky with my recent application, though. My passport, as you might imagine, has gotten very full of China visas, especially over the past year or so, since the visa requirements changed so that the 1-year multi-entry visas were no longer available. I renewed, requested extensions, etc., more times than I care to think about in 2008. When I went to the embassy to get this most recent visa, the officer flipped through, looking at all the cancelled visas, and said, "You really love China."

I saw that as a bit of an opening, so asked her if it had reverted back yet to the old rules, allowing me to apply for the multi-entry visa. She said that this category of visa is only open to Singaporeans. But... since my Mandarin isn't bad, and since I obviously love China, she'd grant me the 1-year, multi-entry visa.

I am so happy. It is a big, big relief to not have to return to the embassy over and over. I hope to be so fortunate when I renew it next year!

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silken said...

very cool! both you and the officer! :)

hifidel said...

I was pretty pleased all around!