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Q: Can I still get a L visa in HK?

I've bee ngoing through the work visa process with my company, but when it came time to apply for the z visa, I was told that I cannot convert my F visa (because I had already switched it from my first company to another internship) and have to go to HK. The visa agent said that if I get  a new L visa in HK, then he can convert it into the Z visa back in the mainland.

 

However, I am American and my passport is full of almost two years worth of old Visas and extensions (my first L and then the F visa that I had for the past 16months). I'm afraid that whne I get to HK that I will be denied a L visa to renter, even though all I need it for is to convert into the Z visa.

 

I'm willing to freeze 20,000 in a bank account and buy a return ticket if necessary and all I need is a 30 day L that can be converted into a Z. Do you think I can get a L visa in HK given my situation? Should i have my company give me the documents that they've finished and do my Z visa in HK?

7 years 49 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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From your post you have a problem to take care of before thinking on going to HKG.

 

You claim your current passport is full of old visas, extensions, stamps, etc.  To be granted a visa, you need to have a passport with at least 6 months minimum to expiration date, and sufficient empty pages to apply visa and subsequent entry/exit stamps on it.  So, if full, must have extra pages added, or if already did once, will need a new passport issued. 

 

And once that is over, go to HKG and apply for a tourist visa.  Normally there they do give a one or two entries, 30 day stay, up to 6 months tourist visa.  If you do it yourself may take a couple of days at least.  If you try a Z visa in HKG, you may be told to go back to USA to get it, tourist visa is easier to get there.

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As I suspected, L visas are currently hard to get for Americans and French people, especially if you already have lived in China on L or F visas. The visa agencies told me that  the absolute best I could get was a 7-day visa and that the chances for rejection were high. I ended up waiting for my documents from my company and getting a Z visa.

 

I met one American in HK who had lived in China for over 10 years. His solution was to declare his passport as lost and get a replacement from the US consulate. Of course, his old passport did not have the new microchip technology so this effectively gave him a blank slate and he got one month L visa. Hope this helps anyone else thinking about a HK visa run.

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 And HK agencies sure do know how to charge for a 30 day visa.  Go to the China Visa office yourself, I think its in the Pacific area, they are more helpful and understanding. No need to to use agencies. Although I hold a UK passport my visa [L] is often renewed for 90- 120 days or six months, and I've been here 6 years. Good Luck.

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