Good Samaritan Case Study 1:

10-yr multiple entry tourist visa(L) - consulting with the immigration officer and preparing for a stay permit application during covid-19 pandemic period

More notes from Good Samaritan #1:

“1) I hope people understand that it’s not enough to say “medical reason” and that they would take your word for it.

Bring the reports. Have someone vouch for me.

2) What the immigration officer told me about coming on the last day if I’m certain I have all the documents – I wouldn’t give it as an advice to everyone, too risky. Did the immigration officer tell me that because if my application is rejected, I could at least have stayed a bit longer? I don’t know… Anyway, if someone goes to the Exit Entry bureau way in advance, they should check that over there.

The only advice I got on the phone call is 7 workdays before expiration. Which is consistent with what I saw on travelchinaguide.com, they just don’t mention workdays, just days. Anyway, at Pudong they open 6 days a week… By the way, they also say on the same site: “The new visa runs from the date of issue”, which might not be the same as the date of application, and would make more sense, so you might not lose that many days.

The immigration officer asked me if I had family in Shanghai. I said no. I’m not sure why the immigration officer asked, maybe that would have helped? Or they could have helped me? Not sure.

Immigration officer said I would lose my 10-year tourist visa if I got an extension. I went to the exit-entry bureau headquarter.”

Please consider sharing your experiences in extending your stay in China and paying it forward to inform others during this challenging time. You can email your experiences / findings at shanghai exit entry at gmail dot com, all in one word. Thank you.  

Thank you, Good Samaritan #1.

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