Time has again rolled by for having to apply for a new visa. I don’t particularly enjoy having to renew my visa; nothing ever goes to plan. I don’t think we have ever successfully applied for ours in one day. You always hear:
“You don’t have this document.”
“You need the original copy of this”
“Where is blah blah blah copy?”
But our 1 year study visa has nearly run out, so it is a must!
Having to sort out visa things a few times now, we sort of know what exactly we need to bring. We were pretty sure that everything would go smoothly!
One by one, each person is called to a desk and the officer looks through our papers and what not. This is the bit that I dread. They could ask you nothing, and simply carry out checking you have the correct documents, or they could bombard you with questions! This time one year ago I was bombarded with questions about working and studying.
So this time round I was a little nervous. I don’t want to say something wrong or stupid and then have them cancel my visa!
I’ve been hearing lately that the visa officers are becoming more and more strict with visas and who they give them out to. In China, the people who cannot get a work visa, decide to enrol with a university and get a student one, but then never come to class and just work 30-40 hours a week. So now officers are checking random foreigners to see if they have the right visa.
But thankfully with my visa everything was going ok… until he said “Today you will have to pay 800yuan for your visa”
What??? I was only prepared to pay 400yuan… If I was staying for less a year, or even just 364 days, then I only need to pay 400yuan. I thought all my documents said that I wasn’t applying for a year visa.
I started blubbering and saying that I wasn’t applying for the year one, in which he replied “Do you see here on your passport visa, it says this name, but on your work contract there is another name, so I can’t give you an extension because they are different. I know they are the same company, but they gave you a different name of the company on your work contract then whats on your passport visa.”
He carried on telling us that we could either wait until the current visa is about to expire and then apply, or pay the 800yuan. We told him we couldn’t wait; we would be leaving China only a few days after they expire, so it was impossible.
But then, thankfully he said “well if you want to go to your work company and ask them to change the name, then come back tomorrow and we can process your visa then.”
Oh I was so happy when he said that! I really didn’t want to pay an extra 400yuan.
We didn’t want to have to go the next day to sort it out so we decided to go straight after, get it all over and done with in a day.
We went to our work headquarters half an hour away and they filled in another contract for us. We travelled back to the PSB office and the man was surprised when he saw us “Oh you have the correct one now?”
We both successfully paid and we were finished, having to collect our passports in three weeks, then it’s over! No more worrying!