The deadline for our registration forms and full payments to be submitted was August 1, 2017 to be eligible for the October 5, 2017 trip to China. Citslinc International, our partner organization, confirmed in early August that they had received our registration forms. The next step in the process is to get our visas!
Yesterday, we received our Letter of Invitation for our upcoming trip to China. This Letter of Invitation is a requirement to apply for a visa to enter China – now it’s time to get the visa process rolling!
We have just over one month until our trip to China. I am a little anxious about the visa process – do we have enough time? What if we don’t fill out something correctly? What if we’re missing something? Luckily, the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre website is full of good information, including a Checklist that we can reference to make sure we have everything in order.
This morning, I filled out my Visa Application Form, Visa Credit Card Payment Authorization Form and started the Checklist for Application by Post. For the Visa Application Form, I needed my passport number, issue date and expiry date. Using the Sample Visa Application Form as a reference, I went through each field and filled in the applicable information. I also needed the trip itinerary information provided with the Letter of Invitation to complete a section that requires the names of the hotels and dates of our stay in each city. The first page of the Letter of Invitation also provided some necessary information. It is important to note that all Visa Application Forms must be typed and printed, handwritten forms will not be accepted. All in all, the Visa Application Form was much easier to complete than I anticipated!
Next, I completed the Visa Credit Card Payment Authorization Form. As the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre does not accept cash, this form is another requirement of the visa application process. According to the Schedule of Visa Fees, the application cost is $158.80 and will be applied to my credit card once the visa process is complete and my documents are ready to be returned to me.
Tomorrow, I plan to have my passport photo taken. Once my dad’s visa application package arrives, I will mail our passports, passport photos, Visa Application Forms, Visa Credit Card Payment Authorization Forms, Checklist for Application by Post and Letter of Invitation to the Chinese Embassy in Calgary by Canada Post XpressPost. A pre-addressed return Canada Post XpressPost envelope will also be included with the visa application packages. I will also be tracking numbers from both envelopes so that I can check on the status of our package as it makes its way to and from the Chinese Embassy in Calgary.
We are also expecting our tour packages from Citslinc to arrive shortly after September 1st. Our trip is getting closer with each day!