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Q: Can I extend my L visa in Shenzhen?

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I'm hoping someone can help me out. I found a similar topic but it was over a year old and I figure things may have changed. Anyways I'm on a L visa that will expire in a few days and I want to stay in China. I'm American so the visa fees are pretty outrageous in my opinion (like 900rmb for a 30 day visa) but a friend told me that I could extend my visa 2 times in China and that it wouldn't be as expensive (I think he said around 160rmb) is this true? What do I need to do?

 

Any help would be greatly greatly appreciated as I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. 

6 years 42 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - Shenzhen

 
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You nee to go to your local PSB with someone fluent in Chinese to interpret.  Bring your passport, take some ID photos just in case they are required at your location, and apply for a 30 days extension.  Normally it will be granted provided you can show you have either 20,000 yuan in cash with you, or a savings account at a Chinese Bank in your name with at least that amount deposited there.  Nothing else is acceptable, so if you have US credit cards, go to a bank and get cash advances to get the Rmb.  Two extensions could be granted, the second one when the first is about to expire.  After that, you must leave China.

Now, one question for you. Why ask for a 30 days stay, when you can get 60 days or even 90 days for the same price?. And by the way, cost of visas in Chinese minds are sort of reciprocal, Americans pay for a Chinese visa what Chinese pay for a visa to USA. And the same policy for other countries too.

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6 years 42 weeks ago
 
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yeah, i get it about the US charging more, but they don't directly give that money to me and I have to directy give it to every country every time I cross a border. I guess no one complains as so few americans travel.

 

 

Wait, so I can get a 60 or 90 day extension on a 30 day visa?

 

I wont be able to come up with 20,000 rmb in cash by today (when I figure I should go as the weekend is coming up) is there any way around that? What should I do? I'm getting the feeling that things are about to suck. I didnt need any proof of money to get the original visa, am i going to have to pay out the ass again to get a new 1 month?

 

What is the cheapest way for me to simply stay in Shenzhen?

 

Thanks so much for your time and info!

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also, where is the PSB in shenzhen or how do I find it? I found 1 website but I'm not sure if its what I need or not.

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6 years 42 weeks ago
 
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If this helps anyone: I ended up going to HK to get it done. It was pretty easy although expensive as I have a US passport. I got 30 days 2 entries meaning (to the best of my understanding and someone please correct me if I'm mistaken) that I can be in china for 30 days, take the metro to HK and come right back in for another 30 days. I talked to an agent after it was too late who said he could have got me 6 months for only slightly more than I paid so its probably worth shopping around. 

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Boy, you guys need an agent to help you get a 12 month Business visa... about 5k first time 4k the following year. They write the invite letter for you.

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The easiest way to be in Shenzhen is to live in Hong Kong and get the  limited pass into Shenzhen every weekend. Hong Kong is better than Shenzhen.

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zen911, Can you explain to me how I can get that Business visa? Is it only necessary to have an invitation letter?

Thanks,

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business visa is not up to date anymore, its harder to get after the changes but still can try to go to hong kong to the agencies and pay 3k rmb for 6 month. But now you have the problem you have to leave every 30 days and reenter china.

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not every nationality can get 30 days. like Indian, they only can get max 14 days stay in China. 

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yes, you can,  you can get a one year visa  M or L , very easy and convenient  ,contact this email, she is very helpful   charityzx@hotmail.com

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yes, you can,  you can get a one year visa  M or L , very easy and convenient  ,contact this email, she is very helpful   charityzx@hotmail.com

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