There's Always Hope!

                                                                                                                                                               

China Consulate ~ Chicago 
[I go to the Consulate on Tuesday and Thursday only]

Visa Type
Business or Tourist

U.S. Passport
Visa Fee
(per visa)

Non-U.S.
Passport
Visa Fee 
(per visa)

Canadian
Passport
Visa Fee 
(per visa)

Consulate
Turnaround

 Single Entry: 1 entry
 [ one entry within 3 mo.]

 Double Entry:  2 entries
 [ two entries within 6 mo.]
  
 Multi-Entry 6 Months: 
  [ unlimited entries within 6 mo.]
 
  Multi-Entry 12 Months:
  [ unlimited entries within 12 mo.]

  Multi-Entry 10 Year:  
  [ unlimited entries within 10 yrs]

$140
$160

$140
$160

$140
$160

$140
$160

$140
$160

$30
$50

$45
$65

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-

-
-

-
-

$ 80
$100

$ 80
$100

$ 80
$100

$ 80
$100

$ 80
$100

      5 business days
   2-3 business days
       
      
5 business days
   2-3 business days
        

      5 business days
   2-3 business days
       
   
      5 business days
   2-3 business days     

      5 business days
   2-3 business days

                            [   Send the Original Green Card or Notarized Copy of Green Card for Non-U.S. Passport holders]
                           [ 
  Canadian Passport holders will receive a visa that expires when the passport expires]

       Type of Visa (single, double, multi-6 month, multi-12 month, multi-10 year) and duration of stay (30, 60 or 90 days) 
       is determined by the Consulate.  Check the one you would like to have in item #2.2 on the visa application.  For 10 year
       visa check "Other" and put 10 year.

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                                                                 New Visa Application Photo Requirements: 
                                   Both ears must be showing, no smiling, no accessories (hair or jewelry), no glasses. 
                                   Picture has to be GLUED (no tape and no staples) onto the application.                                 

                             
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  1. Consulate Visa Fee (see above):  A money order or a "cashier check" made payable to:
                                                          "
    Chinese Consulate in Chicago" for all Visas (no personal check, no business check)  
       
    Adopting Families
     & Heritage Trips
    :
      may include the Consulate Visa fee with my courier fee and pay with 1 personal check made
                                    payable to There's Always Hope!
     

  2. My Courier Fee:  $35 per Visa 
                              
      A money order, "cashier check" or business check made payable to:  There's Always Hope!  
                                
    Adopting Families
     & Heritage Trips:
      may pay my courier fee with "a personal check" AND can also include in that check the
                                    Consulate Authentication fee.  Yes this is true... yep, really, really true!

                                              (And if you call to ask me if this is true, I will put our fish on the phone!)   
                                                                 
                                                                                       

  3. Agency Info:  Adoption Agency Name (Adopting Families only) 

  4. LOA: A copy (black & white) of your LOA/LOC - "Letter of Seeking Confirmation from Adopter" (not TA) stapled
             to EACH application
    .  [This is the one that you have checked the accept box, signed, dated and sent back to 
             your Agency]. 
      If you do not have it, get it from your Adoption Agency  (Adopting Families only)   

  5. Letter of Additional Family/Friend:  Send for anyone traveling with you not listed on the LOA/LOC (not needed   
    for your minor children, under 18yrs old with the same last name), a signed letter to the Consulate (SEPARATE 
    letter for each person).  [click here for a sample]    (Adopting Families only) 

  6. Flight Itinerary AND Hotel Reservation*:  Staple a copy of these to EACH application.

    *(Adopting Families with LOA/LOC or Heritage Trips with signed & stamped Invitation Letter... disregard item 6)   

      
    If you are staying with a friend in China, you need to submit a "Signed" invitation letter from your friend that 
     includes your name, your date of birth, your passport number and duration of your stay [signed email is fine].  

     ~ If your friend is Chinese you also need to send a copy of their "Local ID".  
     ~ If your friend is not Chinese, you will need to send a copy of their "Residency Permit" located in their passport 
        and a copy of their Passport picture/info page. 
          
     

  7. Passports:  Send your signed Passport (yes, send the actual Passport)   
               and
     send a copy of the Passport picture/info page. 

               
     
    There must be at least 2 blank pages in your passport (not Endorsement pages) as the Visa is a sticker placed on
    1 blank page.   

    If your passport is not an American passport, you will need to send the actual Green Card or a notarized copy of
    your "Green Card" (plus your passport).  You can only apply for a single or double entry visa only, and you will be
    allowed to stay 30 days max for each entry.
      
    Your 
    passport needs to have a full 12 months left on it when I apply for the visa, to get a multi-entry 10 year visa.   

    Call
     me if your passport expiration date is less than 12 months.

                          
      
    VERY IMPORTANT  Make a copy of the picture/info page of your passport for your home file AND 
     
    a copy for the Consulate (8.5"x11" size paper, do not cut down and only passport picture/info page
      per sheet).  You will need this information when making travel arrangements and I 
    will not have it 
                         once your application has been submitted.  
      

    For a minor child who is to young to sign their own passport, mother or father will print the child's name
    sign their own name, and in parenthesis next to the parent's signature, write  (mother) or (father).  

    If you have a change (name, etc.) noted on the last pages of your passport, you must put a note on the outside of 
    your passport, and I will have the Consulate issues your Visa with the correct information.  If not, then the 
    Consulate will issue with the info on the picture page... they do not take the information off the application.

    If you were born in China, send a 2 copies of your Chinese Passport Picture/info page (even if you have been to
    China before.  8.5"x11" size paper, do not cut down).

    If you were born in China, you must also send me your Chinese Passport if this is your first trip back to China 
    (includes children adopted) AND a copy of the Chinese Adoption Decree.  The Consulate will clip pages in the
    Chinese passport to mark it invalid, and I will return it to you.  

    If you have been back to China, but your Chinese passport has not been stamped cancelled and the corners  
    clipped, you will need to send the passport.
     
     
    For those born in China, who cannot prove they have been back to China, by having an expired Visa in their current  
    U.S. passport, send me a copy of the expired Visa from the expired US passport (on 8.5"x11" paper).
      

  8. Visa Application (print on regular weight white copy paper, no cardstock paper allowed):  

        click here --->  My instructions for Adopting Families and Heritage Trips:    
                                 NOTE:  You must use my instructions, (this is what works), 
                                not what your agency says to put in the fields or your agency can submit the application  ;-)

        click here --->  Visa Application Form (V.2013)  same form for Tourism, Adoption, and Business Visas
                                 (must use in with Google Chrome browser.  If it will not let you type on the form,
                                   scroll down to the bottom of the form and then scroll back to the top)
                                                               

        click here --->  My instructions for Tourist and Business Trips

        If you are applying for a Z visa (work), X1 visa (school) or Q1/Q2 visa call me to discuss:  815/690-7035


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        All Applications must be TYPED (entered online). You can type in upper and lower case letters (even though the 
        application states otherwise).  The application works best in Google Chrome vs Internet Exployer or using a MAC.

        ** Make sure the entire address (street number, street name, City & State) for business/school and home 
        address is on the printed copy (sometimes it is not for those who use a Mac), if not, you can write the missing info 
        for those fields only with pen.
        
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         A signed Visa Application (for each person, including children) with 1 passport type picture 
         (approx. 2"x2" do not cut the picture down even though the consulate instructions state a smaller size than 2"x2")  
         GLUED 
(not stapled, not taped) to the application (place right on the square box with the word Photo in it).  

     Do not
 place the picture at the top right corner of the application
.  This picture must be in color

          click here --->  NEW Visa Application Picture Requirements:

         The Visa photo must be taken in the last 6 months, passport type photo. 
         Approx.
 2"x2", do not cut the picture down even though requirement has smaller sizes noted.
         Without head covering, against a Pure WHITE background, showing full face looking forward, with both ears showing,
         NO smiling, NO glasses, NO accessories (hair or jewelry).  If photographer says otherwise, tell them it is not for
         a passport, it is for a visa and these are the Chinese Embassy rules.

 
        If you are going to take your own picture, make sure the background is a Pure WHITE wall and looks like a WHITE wall
         after printing.  And you must print it on "photo" type paper, any other type of paper will be rejected.  Make sure the
         head size is like the size in your passport, to big or to small will be rejected.
       

       For Question:  1.15:
       If you work for a religious organization, media, press, or if you are a writer, editor, publisher, photographer,
       call me to discuss (815) 690-7035, before sending your application to me.

       For Question 2.9:  
       If Yes, put issue year and month (yyyy-mm) of your last visa, and compare the symbols below to find the place your last 
       
visa was issued:
       
                  
Chicago:           Houston:                  Los Angeles:    

             New York:         San Francisco:         Embassy Washington, D.C.:   

        example:  2004-05  Chicago    2007-10  Washington, D.C.     2010-01  Houston

        
If your place of issue was in another country, put the Country. If none of the above, put "Washington, D.C." 
      
       For Questions 3.3 or 3.4:
          If you answer "Yes" to either of these two questions, you need to apply in person and be fingerprinted at
          the Consulate that has jurisdiction over your State.
  
          If you 
answer "Yes" for 3.3 and Chicago Consulate has jurisdiction over your State, call me to discuss.

   
       If you answer "Yes" for 3.4 and Chicago Consulate has jurisdiction over your State, call me to discuss.

       You will need 
Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view and print the Application form.  Also Google
       Chrome browser.

       Staple together (upper left corner) for each application:  
           If adopting:           the 4 pages of the application, then the passport picture/info page, next  LOA/LOC (not TA)
           If Heritage Tour:  the 4 pages of the application, then the passport picture/info page, next  signed invite letter
           If Tourist:             the 4 pages of the application, then the passport picture/info page, next the flight and hotel info
           If Business:           the 4 pages of the application, then the passport picture/info page, next the signed invite letter          
      

        IMPORTANT:  Even though you ask for a 10 year multi-entry visa,  the Consulate makes the final determination.  
 
                               Also if you will be staying over 60 days, you must call me to discuss (815) 690-7035.

  1. Contact info:  Your phone numbers home and cell, so I can contact you if there are any concerns, and email address,
    so I can send you a status update.  Also the name of your Agency for Adopting families.  You can put all that info
    on a post-a-note.
      
    I send 1 Status email after I have submitted your application to the Consulate, and that includes the pickup and
    ship back date
     of your passport with visa [could be very late in the evening] .  There will be no contact from me 
    if I do not have your email address on a separate piece of paper, I do not take if from the application.   If for
    some reason I could not send back on the pickup date stated the Status email, I will call you, so please do not
    email or call me to see if it was sent back. 
      
    NOTE:  I cannot confirm delivery of your package to me or that I have placed the documents with the shipper
    (not by email, not by phone, not by text, not even if you knock on my door... there are not enough hours in a day). 
    Therefore YOU must make note of the tracking number to me and the tracking number of the return 
    so you can verify status with the shipper (please do not call and ask me for the tracking number).  It should
    be in the shippers tracking system by 8pm.   

    Even though the tracking info states your package was left at my front door or on my porch, it is placed in a
    enclosed location known to the delivery drivers.
     

  2. Statement of Profession Waiver:  If you check "Staff of Media" or "Religious Personnel" in item # 1.15
    OR your "Occupation" or "Employer Name" has anything to do with the Media, Journalist, Writer, Editor, 
    Publisher, Photographer, Religion, TV, Radio, Producer... you will need to fill out the "Statement of Profession" 
    Waiver (call me to discuss)
    .   You will be granted a limited visa.  You also have to come in person and be
    fingerprinted at the Consulate that has jurisdiction over your State.


    By signing this waiver you are stating that this trip to China does not involve your company, job or profession 
    and that you will not perform any action that is 
    inconsistent with a Tourist Visa.  Your visa might only be 
    valid for 30 days... meaning you have 30 days to enter China from the date the application is submitted to the 
    Consulate
    , and then once in China you can only stay a maximum of 30 days. 

    Military personnel do not have any restrictions, just check Military personnel and fill-in Position/Rank in item 1.15

  3. Prepaid Return Airbill:  Enclose a prepaid, self-addressed airbill/mailing label (I have the shippers envelopes) of a  
    trackable 
    shipping service:
     UPS, FedEx, Express Mail through the Post Office, for the return of your Documents.  

                        [ Please Print Clearly and Press Hard  on the return airbill/mailing label]

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    Express Mail through the Post office
    :

    If you are using Express Mail 
    through the Post Office, paperclip the Express Mail Stamp or Stamps that add up 
    to $23.75  to the Express Mail mailing label (no "metered" postage, no stickers printed at the Post Office, only
    STAMPS
    ).  Also put my business name and address as the sender.

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    FedEx or UPS:
    If you are using FedEx or UPS put your name and address in the sender area, not my info (if possible).  


    If you request FedEx "Ground" or UPS "Ground", you must send me a 12"x9" approx., padded envelope for the
    return, as you cannot use regular FedEx or UPS envelopes for Ground shipments.   Also I do not go to a 
    FedEx or UPS location (I use a drop box) so you will have to create a Ground shipment label online (no Order
    Forms accepted).   Personally I do not like to send back "UPS Ground" or "FedEx Ground"... but the choice is
    yours (call me and I'll tell you some scary stories about ground shipments!).    FedEx (air) or UPS (air) is fine.                                                 
                              
     Fill in where you want your documents returned to.  In the FROM section put your name and address  
    (or leave blank), not my info (if possible).  Then if there are any issues with your account number or credit 
    card number for payment, the shipper will bill you and not me!      

     
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    If you will not be home when delivery occurs and you want the shipper to leave your package, make sure you sign 
    the Waiver of Signature or Release of Signature on the airbill/mailing label.
     
    UPS and FedEx drop boxes have supplies (airbills & envelopes).  If you do not have a UPS or FedEx account 
    number, you can put your credit card number on the airbill for payment (don't put the security code).  Also UPS
    Stores and FedEx-Kinko's can assist you with the shipment, but beware... some shipping stores are independently
    owned and charge a lot of $$.  

    DO NOT take the customer copy from the airbill or mailing label, that you are sending me for the return of your 
    Documents, leave it in, or your delivery guarentee will be void.

                                                                          * * * IMPORTANT * * *

    When sending me your documents, do not request the delivery service obtain a signature, as I am at the Consulate 
    when delivery occurs, and Zoey, cannot sign (no cat paw prints accepted).    Mark "No Signature Required".

    Also I leave for the Consulate at 7 a.m. so don't pay the high shipping fees for early delivery, as they will not be
    submitted until my next consulate day.

     
    Your package is placed in a safe location, even though the tracking info may state "left at front door".  It seems 
    to be the only notation the delivery companies have when a package is left, and not actually given to the recipient. 



    Priority Express Mail from the Post Office is not necessarily next day delivery, to me or back to you... it could be
    2 days, depending on your zipcode.  Also Priority Mail is now trackable, BUT not guaranteed delivery (took over
    2 weeks to get one recently and the tracking showed it went to almost every State in the Union!  I asked if they
    were going to refund the shipper and they said no, they should have sent it Priority Express Mail, no guarantee
    for Priority Mail).
     
    Note:  Your return package will not be in the shippers tracking system until sometime after 9 p.m.  
              If I could not send back on the pickup date, I will call to let you know.

        For added insurance, just put a little piece of tape over the sealed area of the envelope... (not over the pull tabs!).
        With cold or hot weather, sometimes the seal does not stay completely sealed (now if you cover the entire top of 
        the package including the pull tabs, I might charge you a retrieval fee... just kidding... but I will not be happy as
        I have to get out my surgical tools to retrieve the contents!)

   
Notes!  1. 
Visa Applications are submitted to the Consulate my next business day after receiving them.  
                 There's Always Hope!
 submits visa applications on Tuesday and Thursday only.
                 Calls and deliveries are accepted anytime including Saturday and Sunday.  

           2.  Email me at info@theres-always-hope.com with the package tracking number, to let me know your
                applications have been sent.  This is very important to ensure no package has gone astray and also so I can 
                plan my workday.
       

           3.  If I am on vacation, there will be a notice located at the top of every web page... so check the website 
               
before sending your applications.  

                         
I understand IF you need to call and verify that I will be available and to hear a live voice, but be 
              
forewarned... I might go on and on about my husband, kids, fish, cat, and the fish on the back of my car!                                 
 
  

           4.  Give enough turnaround time for the Visa process. There have been a few times that the delivery service
                did not deliver the applications to me or back to you, on their scheduled delivery date.  
                                
           5.  5 Business Day Turnaround Schedule: (I visit the Consulate on Tuesday & Thursday only) 
                    Applications I submit on Tuesday:    I pickup the following Tuesday
                    Applications I submit on Thursday:  I pickup the following Thursday
                     
                    If there is a holiday or closing within the 5 business days, add an extra day for each day the Consulate is
                    closed.

               2-3 Business Day Turnaround Schedule: (I visit the Consulate on Tuesday & Thursday only) 
                    Applications I submit on Tuesday:   I pickup on Thursday
                    Applications I submit on Thursday:  I pickup on Tuesday
                     
                    If there is a holiday or closing within the 2-3 business days, add an extra day for each day the Consulate
                    is closed.

           6.  Once your Visa application has been submitted to the Consulate, the turnaround cannot be changed.                                                     
       
                                    
           7.  BUSINESS VISAS (type 'F' or 'M'):  Business Visas must have a "signed letter" of invitation from China
               (an email attachment from China is fine) which includes your name, passport number, birth date, dates of trip and the
               purpose of the trip.  Also the invite letter must have a red chop/stamp.   
               (
Flight Itinerary & Hotel Reservation are not needed for business visas)
                                                                  
           And finally <whew!> the steps and procedures listed above are for my service only. If you will be using another
         courier service or walking in your application yourself, the process will be different.

There's Always Hope!
c/o Denise Hope
23408 South Kathey Drive
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 690-7035
email:  info@theres-always-hope.com 


9/11/2001
Jeff Mladenik    China A-Parent

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