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Q: Visa overstay what do you think will happen?

Due to no damn flights being available it looks like I’m going to leave One Day late.  Anyone here ever done this?  I’m going into HK by train from GZ.   And right now I’m on one of those 10 year L visas where you get a 60 day stay each time.  I’ll be one day overstay when I leave.  Will they freak-out majorly?

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News which is nearly as good as Pepperoni Pizza at the Ladie’s Market in Mongkok. 

Not a Darn thing happened!!   Can you believe it??  Neither could I !  I was getting all sorts of grey hair worrying about this, and not a darn thing really happened.

Ok, I might be over-simplifying a bit.  Let me go into detail a bit,,,,  I went thru the Guangzhou East Station Control Point to catch the late train to Hung Hom, Kowloon.  Behind the counter was the most strident, stringent looking officer I think I have ever seen!  And to top it off his supervisor was there with him,,, I thought I was busted for sure.  Well, I handed over passport, exit card and just stood there trying to look as respectful as can be, I had dressed nicely, necktie and everything.  Officer did his thing, and I was watching him closely, at first he just went through regular motions and I thought Wow! not going to call me out on this.  But then I see he gets this kinda shocked look on his face and I see him studying the passport stamps and computer screen.  Then, he turns to his supervisor, I thought, well, this is it, the game’s up.  They sat there and discussed about 5 minutes, occasionally giving me the Evil eye,,,, like I said, I thought game was up.  Well, they consulted like 5 minutes, and then he turns around and gives the official Exit stamp in my passport, I was shocked, and sooooo relieved!

And another funny thing is, they never said One word to me!  Either of them,,, didn’t ask a single, solitary question !  

Well, that was an interesting experience for the book I’m trying to write about my days in China....

Hotwater:

Happy it went smoothly!

 

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mike168229:

You lucky boy! Almost a change of underwear?

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ironman510:

Great man glad it all worked out, so now you're gonna get a z visa right?

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PulSartre:

Dude, those are just great news. I read through them and the way it went on, descriptive and progressively going to the top of your experience of an amazing joy. I can imagine it and sense the overjoy you felt afterwards. Enjoy that pizza at Mongkok and whatever you will do until you'll return to China. Get that Viza that will give more peace of mind.

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diverdude1:

Thx guys,,, I really didn’t want to lose this job and start over unprepared.  Well, we will know a lot more come Tuesday afternoon.  That’s when I am due to pick up Z visa,,, if they give it to me that is.... 

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icnif77:

Judging by my lengthy late-exit experience, ho ho, that went smooth 'cause of 'necktie and everything ...'  

Did you glanz (polish) your shoes .... ?

I can never really count Business visa duration/length. I just don't understand and I think cops count 'entry&exit' days different, too. I am thinking, you might not even be late at exit this time.

On RP matter of late exit is clear&indisputable.

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@77,,,,necktie yes, but I still more my sneakers,,,   haha!   yeah,,, with the way computers are these days ya think the would just stamp an ‘exit by’ date.   Or if I were running the show I would word it something like :

 “Hey man, you need to exit in about 60 days, more or less. Unless of course you hooked with a hotty or something,,, in that case just chill,,,, all’s cool.   C ya,,, wouldn’t wanna be ya!”

 

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Hahaha. I'm so happy to have my faith restored. Good news mate. Now you can enjoy a few days of being a tourist. (If you like curry, head over to Tsim sha shui....best curries in the world for my money).

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I wrote about my overstay in 2012, I think, so you might read it already. Here we go:

 

'I came to Louhu some 10 hours into the no-more-RP-day and cops put me in the office for some 2 hours sit-down.

I was late at exit because plane in Tianjin was more than 14 hours late at departure and at my arrival Luohu was already closed.

I am guessing, cops might knew that plane delay was fact. I mean, I didn't just make-up some excuse ... But, still ... I got stern warning as 'Don't do it again!' and I was let go apparently without any record (but who really knows about that!).

 

Point was ''Chinese cops like to see laowai respects Chinese laws" and if not 'warning' for the lighter cases as 'delay at exit' is.

However, since then I prefer to exit always at least 24-h ahead of my last day.

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So you’re flying into GZ to the take the train? Why not fly into HK direct?

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just take the train out earlier.

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Nothing will happen, they will ask you to sign a statement promising that you won't overstay again, they think that you disrespect them by overstaying for a few hours, even though the fault usually lies to the damn PLA controlling the skies and delaying civil flights.

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Happened to me once. Into the goldfish bowl at the border. Mine happened cos it was a leap year. Your name goes in the book. Do it again and your out they said. That was about 8 years ago.

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I over stayed by 45 days

I had to pay 5000rmb fine and got told not to it again

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I overstayed about 10 days..cost me 500rmb, a missed $1000 flight and a week of missing a longed for holiday. NOT a good idea to overstay visas.

I do like to test the rules, and figured the incompetence at the border would not even notice the expiry date.... learned my lesson. BUT, I did just get a new visa with incorrect paperwork, by throwing a fit and blaming the local police. stupid, gutsy move, but it worked.

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Best choice: Play Dumb.

Fill Out the exit card and hand it over and just act like everything is normal with a straight face. Wait for them to ask or tell you you are late by one day. Than if they ask or tell you about the issue, act a little shocked but try to be a pro and work with them.

Who knows they might just let you go through or just say be more careful.

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Dude, let us know how it went and may you go through unnoticed by anyone. Be prudent and yes, be humble. Let us know.

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I've been in a similar situation before. Due to a leap year and some holidays, i just didn't calculate correctly. As Ironman suggests to you, and i thought i was all good anyway, but the officer spotted the discrepancy.

Of course i played the dumb laowai card quickly fillowed by the "oh my god, I'm so sorry" card, then out came the "I'm so stupid and embarrassed" card. They were all legit cards.

The officer was very by the book and professional. Called his boss over, i played the same hand. They let me through but the hoss grabbed me and warned me not to do it again and to be more vigilant in future. Lesson learned.

I'm stupid, so sorry, very embarrassed, i won't do it again....is a good strategy. I reckon you'll be fine. It's just a miscalculation and they should understand that and not give you too much trouble hopefully. Good luck mate.

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I overstayed my visa by accident in May. They let me go with only a warning because it was my first time and it was only for one day. They told me that my second offense would cost me 500CNY per day.  It took four Chinese women to deliver the message to me. 

iWolf:

Nice. So you are as condescending as possible to Chinese people but you don't have the decency to have a proper work permit. What you would wish for an illegal alien(which is what you are) teaching your children in America? It took 4 women to tell you that you are a moron? I don't believe that. It is obvious to Blind Freddie that you are full of shit and a moron.

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News which is nearly as good as Pepperoni Pizza at the Ladie’s Market in Mongkok. 

Not a Darn thing happened!!   Can you believe it??  Neither could I !  I was getting all sorts of grey hair worrying about this, and not a darn thing really happened.

Ok, I might be over-simplifying a bit.  Let me go into detail a bit,,,,  I went thru the Guangzhou East Station Control Point to catch the late train to Hung Hom, Kowloon.  Behind the counter was the most strident, stringent looking officer I think I have ever seen!  And to top it off his supervisor was there with him,,, I thought I was busted for sure.  Well, I handed over passport, exit card and just stood there trying to look as respectful as can be, I had dressed nicely, necktie and everything.  Officer did his thing, and I was watching him closely, at first he just went through regular motions and I thought Wow! not going to call me out on this.  But then I see he gets this kinda shocked look on his face and I see him studying the passport stamps and computer screen.  Then, he turns to his supervisor, I thought, well, this is it, the game’s up.  They sat there and discussed about 5 minutes, occasionally giving me the Evil eye,,,, like I said, I thought game was up.  Well, they consulted like 5 minutes, and then he turns around and gives the official Exit stamp in my passport, I was shocked, and sooooo relieved!

And another funny thing is, they never said One word to me!  Either of them,,, didn’t ask a single, solitary question !  

Well, that was an interesting experience for the book I’m trying to write about my days in China....

Hotwater:

Happy it went smoothly!

 

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mike168229:

You lucky boy! Almost a change of underwear?

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ironman510:

Great man glad it all worked out, so now you're gonna get a z visa right?

6 days 21 hours ago
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PulSartre:

Dude, those are just great news. I read through them and the way it went on, descriptive and progressively going to the top of your experience of an amazing joy. I can imagine it and sense the overjoy you felt afterwards. Enjoy that pizza at Mongkok and whatever you will do until you'll return to China. Get that Viza that will give more peace of mind.

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diverdude1:

Thx guys,,, I really didn’t want to lose this job and start over unprepared.  Well, we will know a lot more come Tuesday afternoon.  That’s when I am due to pick up Z visa,,, if they give it to me that is.... 

6 days 8 hours ago
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icnif77:

Judging by my lengthy late-exit experience, ho ho, that went smooth 'cause of 'necktie and everything ...'  

Did you glanz (polish) your shoes .... ?

I can never really count Business visa duration/length. I just don't understand and I think cops count 'entry&exit' days different, too. I am thinking, you might not even be late at exit this time.

On RP matter of late exit is clear&indisputable.

6 days 3 hours ago
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diverdude1:

@77,,,,necktie yes, but I still more my sneakers,,,   haha!   yeah,,, with the way computers are these days ya think the would just stamp an ‘exit by’ date.   Or if I were running the show I would word it something like :

 “Hey man, you need to exit in about 60 days, more or less. Unless of course you hooked with a hotty or something,,, in that case just chill,,,, all’s cool.   C ya,,, wouldn’t wanna be ya!”

 

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iWolf:

Hahaha. I'm so happy to have my faith restored. Good news mate. Now you can enjoy a few days of being a tourist. (If you like curry, head over to Tsim sha shui....best curries in the world for my money).

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got my Z also....   angel

Stiggs:

Nice one dude...

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ironman510:

Wow man, if you pass a church any church give some thanks ,somebody has got you a guardian Angel

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icnif77:

Will you 'relax' in HK or will you return ASAP to Mainland? I like western and what not in HK, but after 2 weeks it starts to 'suffocate' me. Too many people per square.... I can't wait to return to mama-land where there's less crowded, he he. A bit ... 

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diverdude1:

Thx guys,,, yep, I actually did give Thanks.  It would have been really hard to leave here and start over from Square One anywhere,, I keep telling gf that all this paperwork stuff is good, but still two more big steps.  Getting the ABC Card (is that what we are calling it?) and getting salary from job. That’s when I’ll really breathe my sigh of relief!

yeah, I left HK day after collecting Z.  HK is cool in some ways, but like u said,,, too darn crowded for my tastes, and too damn expensive! 300+ hkd a nite for a shoebox hotel room?  That sux.  Plus a decent meal pushing a 100hkd.  Like u said, I’m more at home up here too,,,, lol,,, who da thunk it that a Redneck from South Texas would wind-up @ home in Commie Central,,, haha,,, the worlds a weird place....

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