08 /01 /2003
1. Is an appointment required for
a visa application? Can I send someone else to your office to apply for me?
No appointment is required. You may send someone else or a travel/visa
agent to come to the visa office for application process, but application by mail is not acceptable.
2. Can I provide the embassy or consulate
with a photocopy of my passport?
No. Your must provide your original passport.
3. My child is traveling to China
with me. He cannot sign on his application; can I sign it on his/her
4. I can't pull out your application
from the Internet, what should I do?
Please fax your request for an application form to 713-5248466 with your return fax number. Our staff can fax one to you. Or you can mail us your request and enclose a self addressed prepaid return envelope. Our staff can mail the form back to you using the return envelope you provide.
5. I'm going to China on June 1, and
my visa will expire on June 10 with its during of stay 30 days. Can I still stay in China for 30 days?
Yes. Here are some Explanations of Number of Entries, Validation and Duration of Stay of a Chinese Visa.
Validation is a period of time, during which a visa is good for the holder to enter China. Validation starts from the date of issuance and the expiration date is shown as ENTER BEFORE on the visa.
Number of Entries designates how many times a visa can be used to enter China within its validation. Please note each time you travel from Hong Kong or Macao to Mainland China, one entry is counted. Single, double and multiple entry means within the validation of the visa, you can enter China once, twice and unlimited times respectively.
Duration of Stay sets the maximum days of stay in China counting from the date of entry. Example: Mr. A has a single entry visa showing ENTER BEFORE Dec-20-2003 with duration of stay 30 days. If Mr. A enters China on Dec-18-2003, he can still stay up to 30 days.
6. Do I have to see a doctor to have
the "Physical examination record for foreigner" filled out?
This form is only for those who will study in China over 1 year.
If you are to stay in China for less than one year, it is not necessary
7. I am going to Guangdong, then to Hongkong and back to
Guangdong for one night. Does it mean that I must have a double entry
Yes. Please read the answer to Question 5
8. Can I use Certified Mail to send my application to your office?
No. Due to technical reasons, the Consulate General in Houston can not accept Certified Mail, Registered Mail or mails requesting Return Receipt.
9. I am wondering whether you have
received my application. Can I call you to check the status of my
Please don't call us for the status of your application if it is less than 15 days old.
Should you need the status in case of real emergency, please fax or email us the name of the
applicant, nature of the application and the telephone number through which we may reach you.
We'll get back to you as soon as possible. The fax number of the Consulate General in Houston is 713-5248466 and the email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Can you recommend what kind of return delivery to use. Do you know how much it will cost?
We recommend using next day arrival trackable express service like FedEx, Post Office Express Mail, Airborne, UPS or DHL, etc. As for the cost, it varies with the weight of the package and some other conditions. Please check with the specific company whose service you are going to use as return delivery.
11. I try to call your office, but
it is very difficult to reach you.
We are sorry for the situation. However, due to the limited number of staff we have, currently it is not possible to answer each and every phone call. Please make full use of the information on this web site and read it carefully. If you still can not find the right answer, fax or email us the questions then. The fax number of the Consulate General in Houston is 713-5248466 and the email address is: email@example.com