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Visas to China, For Non US Citizens 28 November 12

Posted by Jonathan V. Phillips in Visa News.
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Chinese visa processing is not uniform. What one Chinese consulate will do, not do or require can differ from consulate to consulate.This situation is especially true for non US citizens who reside in the US who need visas to China. The nationalities most likely to have issues are French citizens (for their country’s support of Tibet) and passport holders from Taiwan. Certain Indian passports have also had issues getting Chinese visas.


China is enforcing jurisdiction for visa applicants. The first step in getting a Chinese visa is determining what Chinese visa office serves the state you have your legal residence in.This is usually determined by which state issued your driver’s license.

Map of Consular Jurisdiction for China

China Visa Consular Offices

Chinese Visa Requirements by City

Along with having jurisdiction, there are slight variations between the requirements between the various Chinese consulates in the US. Downloadable visa instructions are linked to the city names below that detail the visa process specific to that jurisdiction.

Washington, DC :

For residents of Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia and Wyoming.

G3’s office in Arlington, VA serves applicants at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. The office can process Chinese visas for all Non US passport holders including French. Visas for French passport holders  are processed in no less than four days .  All other Non-US passports can do rush processing.

Chicago :

For residents of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

G3’s Chicago office can not process Chinese visas for passport holders from France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Norway, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Greece, Sweden, Estonia, Switzerland, Turkey and Luxemburg and Taiwan.  Rush processing is available for most other nationals not listed above.

Los Angeles :

For residents of Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and the US Pacific Island Territories.

G3’s Los Angeles office can process visas for all non US passports with the exception of those from France and Taiwan. The fastest processing available is no less than four days.

San Francisco :

For residents of Alaska, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state

G3′ San Francisco office can process visas for  all Non US citizens passport holders with the exception of those from France and Taiwan. If the applicant has never visited China it could take up to 4 weeks for approval. If the applicant has a previous visa in their passport, rush processing is available.

Houston :

For residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.

G3’s Houston office can  process all European Union passports except those issued from  France.Mission critical processing is not available. The fastest available processing for non US passports is no less than four days.

New York :

For residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey,  New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

G3’s New York office can process visas for citizens from all the European Union countries except France Most African countries and Pakistan can be processed. Rush visa processing is available for Non US passport holders.

Expert Advise

G3 Visas & Passports is unique in many ways. With our six offices we are able to serve applicants at every Chinese Consulate General and as well as the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. G3 is also unique in that we have Country Information Coordinators. These  experts are designated to specialize in the visa processing for a specific country. G3’s China Coordinator is Rebecca Davis. If you have any questions on China visas, processing or need any additional information on China, she is available at the San Francisco office and by email.


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