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  • China Passport Pick Up Service Chicago

    China Passport Pick Up Service Chicago

    Applying to renew your Chinese passport requires an in person visit to a Chinese Consulate.  Not every state has a Chinese Consulate, so for many people this means they have to travel out of state to get their Chinese passport.

    The China Consulate is broken up into jurisdictions.  When you apply for a Chinese passport, or even a Chinese visa, you need to apply in the jurisdiction where you reside.

    Once you successfully submit your documents to the Consulate, the consular agent will give you a pink pick up slip.  At the bottom of the slip is the date that your passport or visa will be issued.  For out-of-staters, that means that they have to leave and come back to the Consulate at a later date, and cross state lines AGAIN.  Whether you are traveling from Wisconsin or Colorado, this trip can be expensive between time off work, gas, parking, and food.

    For those that don’t want to spend the time and money on an out-of-state trip, Swift Passport and Visa has a great option. For $150, all you have to do is walk down the hall from the Consulate in suite 500 to Swift’s office in suite 525.  You will be greeted by a friendly visa specialist who will arrange to pick up your passport on the completion date and ship it back to you via FedEx.  Return tracking information is provided, and Swift keeps in touch with you until your package is safe in your hands.

    “It cost me $42 to park in the parking garage near the consulate, and cost at least $60 in gas to drive to Chicago from Ann Arbor.  Lunch in the city was another $10.  That’s an extra $110+ I that know I would spend if I come back to pick up my Chinese passport.  It’s less expensive to use Swift than it is to do it myself, it’s a no-brainer,” says Charlie Ming.

    China Student Visa Pick Up Service Chicago

    Your semester in China is right around the corner, and all you need is your China student visa!  Most Chinese Consulates, including the Chicago Consulate, require students who are staying in China for over 180 to be fingerprinted when they apply for their visa.  This means they have to apply in person at a Consulate and do not have the option to apply through a third-party service such as Swift Passport Services.  For many students, this means that they need to leave their home state to visit a Chinese Consulate in another State.

    Katie Pagan is studying in Shanghai for 6 months and was one of several students at the University of CO who needed to fly to Chicago to be fingerprinted and apply for her visa at the Chinese Consulate of Chicago. “Flying to Chicago for a day to apply for my visa was actually pretty fun, but I am a student, and I need to be saving money for my semester abroad. Getting a China visa has been a crazy expense.  Even cheap tickets are over $200 and then there is $60 Uber ride to the city from O’Hare. I just don’t think students factor this expense into their study abroad planning, and they really need to consider how they will pay for it! I was really relieved when I saw Swift Passport Services on the same floor as the China Consulate. They made it so I didn’t have to come back a second time to pick up my passport and visa and saved me a ton of money!”

    For those like Katie that don’t want to spend the time and money on an out-of-state trip to pick up their visa from the China Consulate, we highly recommend that you use our China Student Visa Pick Up Service. For $65, all you have to do is walk down the hall from the Consulate in suite 500 to Swift’s office in suite 525.  They will take your pick-up receipt issued by the consulate and pick up your passport as soon as it is ready and use FedEx to ship it back to you, providing updates along the way.

    Questions about our service?  Give us a call at 312.929.2105 or email us at china@swiftpassport.com, and ask for more information about our pick up service. No need to call ahead if you want to use our service; walk-ins are welcome!

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