As I’ve already mentioned, there’s a lot of steps to go to China, especially if you plan on working there. This next step included another trip to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago. I don’t really like going to Chicago. I don’t really like big cities, which is why I live in a mostly rural area. (So why am I moving to a city in China where the population is double that of Chicago, right? I guess that’s a topic for a future post.) I had recently visited the consulate twice previously, in order to apply for, and pick up, my daughter’s tourist visa. We were very fortunate to be granted a 90-day duration visa for her, as they typically only grant 30 or 60 day stays. Since she is staying for 80+ days, this will save us a lot of money. If she wasn’t granted a 90-day stay, we would need to either leave the country within 60 days and re-enter (saving us international flights, hotels, etc. just for a “visa run”), or we could have applied for a dependent visa, which would have cost me $1000 in immigration lawyer fees versus a $140 tourist visa.
Long trip to Chicago
I live up in Wisconsin, so Chicago isn’t exactly close. Since the Chinese Consulate was heart of downtown Chicago, getting there isn’t Continue Reading →