For those of you that like sorting out your visa problems yourself, ie., without the help of a visa agency, here’s a website that you should probably bookmark.
It’s the new English-language website launched by the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Bureau for foreigners needing to extend their visas. On this website you’ll be able to download application forms, make online applications, check the status of your application and make online enquiries. Now all you’ll need to do is show up at the bureau at the appointed time to get your visa or permit!
Apparently, the website was previously available only in Chinese. It took them quite a while to realise that none of the site’s intended audience was able to use it so they’ve finally developed an English one.
If anyone needs to extend your visa just now, please check out the site and let us know how easy or difficult it is to use. Maybe we can all now finally dump those visa agencies — or maybe, their rates will finally come down!
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