If you’re planning a trip to China in the next few months, there have been a few changes at the Chicago China Consulate that you should be aware of. It used to be that if you submitted a visa application at the China Consulate in Chicago before 11:00 AM, you could get your visa back on the exact same day.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. The fastest you can get a visa through the Chicago China Consulate is now three business days, and the price for the service is still $170 – what it was for the same day service.
For anyone who travels to China often, this change is a real bummer. You’ll have to pay the same price for a less convenient service. To make matters worse, after taking the time to drive downtown to submit your application, you’ll have to drive back a few days later to make the pick-up, dealing with traffic, expensive parking, and the inconvenience of finding a good time to make your pick-up during business hours.
Fortunately, there are a few bits of good news…
- You Can Still Get 3-Day China Visas through Swift
At Swift Passport Services, we understand how frustrating these changes will be for some of our frequent flyers to China. Despite the changes, the best way to get your visa to China quickly and easily is still through Swift.
By submitting your visa application through Swift, we can help you avoid any errors – and thus, delays – in the application process. We can also do the waiting in line for you and send your visa to you once it’s ready. Through our service, you can have your China visa in-hand in as little as three business days.
That said, try to avoid waiting until the last minute so that you don’t absolutely need your visa in three days. But if an emergency arises, know that you can contact Swift, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get your visa as fast as possible. Contact us right away to get the process started.
- You Can Avoid a Second Trip to the Chicago China Consulate
Even if you don’t use Swift to expedite your China visa application, you can turn to us for our visa pickup service. The Swift office is in the same building as the China Consulate – we’re literally next door – and for a small fee, we can pick up your visa for you and mail it wherever you like.
When you apply for your visa at the China Consulate, you’ll be given a slip to pick up your visa. Before you leave the building, simply walk over to our office and drop the slip off with us. We’ll then be able to pick your visa up for you when it’s ready and send it to you via FedEx or courier.
This service is a favorite for our clients, because it lets them avoid the hassle of taking hours out of their day to head back to the China Consulate, fight traffic, and figure out parking. And if you live well outside of downtown Chicago, this service is a no-brainer. It will save you a ton of time and money.
- Even if You Don’t Need an Expedited Visa, Swift Has You Covered
While you can go directly through the Chicago China Consulate for your visa needs, there are numerous benefits to choosing Swift, including saved time and energy. You could, of course, sit in traffic and then wait in line for the better part of your day. Or you could turn to us, and we will do the waiting for you.
We’ll also help ensure that all of your paperwork is filled out correctly the first time so there are minimal hiccups along the way. Additionally, we can save you time and money by helping you get fingerprint-free visa processing for your China visa. This offer is available to most passport holders. The only exceptions are people who hold passports from Nigeria, France, Pakistan, and Turkey. If that’s you, you can still get a visa to China, but you’ll need to get fingerprinted first. (Give us a call if you have questions.)
Whether you’re headed to China or Brazil or Timbuktu, contact Swift to make sure that you’re up to date on the latest visa requirements for your final destination. We’ll be able to help you square away all of your application requirements and enjoy easier travels. Give us a call now at (877) 917-9438 to enlist the help of our visa and passport experts!