The Assistant Stork
Your Document And Visa Specialists

China Consulates in the United States


AS OF MAY 1, 2003, YOU ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO MAIL IN YOUR VISA REQUESTS.
YOU MUST HAND-CARRY THEM IN YOURSELF OR USE A COURIER.

Documents can be processed by mail at some, but not all, Consulates.


PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR COURIER BEFORE FILLING IN YOUR VISA APPLICATION. 

SOME CONSULATES USE A DIFFERENT FORM THAN THE OTHERS!


First, you have to get your documents notarized, county sealed (in states where applicable), State Sealed, and finally to a Consulate or Department of State/PRC Embassy for authentication. Check here for Vital Records and Secretaries of State addresses, phone numbers and fees.


Always send your documents by FedEX, ExpressMail, Airborne, UPS... anything trackable. These documents are too precious to allow them to get "lost in the mail."


Be sure to include a self-addressed, pre-paid airbill with your request. The $5 "mail handling" fee is just that... for handling your mail. It is not a fee for postage. If you are using a courier to hand-carry your documents, do not include this $5 fee.


It used to be that you could "batch" documents together under one state seal as long as you used the same notary. As of June 6, 1997, this is not an option. 


If you mail in the documents yourself, you will need to submit a xerox of all documents, copies of your passports, and the G-1 form with your documents. If you use a courier, please check with them first. Some do not need any of those things.  EVERY CONSULATE HAS DIFFERENT RULES. Please check with the courier for your Consulate to get the latest rules and regulations for THAT Consulate.


Expedited Service *IS* still available for hand-carried documents at some, but not all Consulates.
All Consulates and the Embassy do not expedite through the mail.
You must use a courier or apply in person for expedite service.

Mail service takes approximately two - three weeks. Longer for the State Department and Embassy.


The Embassy and State Department are both very frustrated with people who mail in documents and then decide they want them faster, so they ask a courier to "rescue" their documents.  Please decide BEFORE you mail your documents if you can spare the added time to process your documents through the mail. The Embassy will no longer allow couriers to "rescue" documents.


Here is a list of all the Consulates,
the Embassy, and the states they service:

States:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, US Virgin Islands,Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming



Chicago Consulate

Web Address: http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/


All visa applications going to the Chicago office must be on the application here:

http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/chn/qzhz/qz/P020140118234215941118.pdf

AS OF 1/1/14 - THE CHICAGO CONSULATE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT ANY MAILED IN DOCUMENTS

If you would like an adoptive mommy to expedite your documents and visas through the Chicago consulate process, 

Denise Hope at http://www.theres-always-hope.com would be glad to help you.


Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin



    Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago
    One E. Erie Street Suite 500
    Chicago, IL 60611
    TEL: 312-573-3070/1
    FAX: 312-803-0122
    Office Hours: 9 - 12 and 1 - 2:30 Monday - Friday.


    Fee for Documents:


    For Mail-ins: CHICAGO NO LONGER ACCEPTS MAIL-INS

    For Walk-ins (Courier):
    Civil & Adoption Documents
                • $25 per document for 5 business day turnaround
                • $45 per document for 48 hour turnaround
                • $55 per document for 24 hour turnaround

    Business Documents
                • $50 per document for 5 business day turnaround
                • $70 per document for 48 hour turnaround
                • $80 per document for 24 hour turnaround

    Fee for Visas:
    For Walk-in (Courier) service only, no mail service available:
    • $140 per visa for 5 business day turnaround
    $160 per visa for 48 hour turnaround
    $170 per visa for 24 hour turnaround

    Make cashier's check or money order out to "Chinese Consulate in Chicago."

    Personal Check is not acceptable.




    Houston Consulate

    Web address:http://houston.china-consulate.org/eng/


    If you would like an adoptive mommy to expedite your documents through the Houston Consulate process, Cindy Marut at http://www.MyChinaDocs.com would be glad to help you. E-mail her for info at cmarut@earthlink.net.


    Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas


    Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Houston
    3417 Montrose Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77006
    TEL: 713-521-7459
    TEL: 713-521-9589 (9AM-10AM)
    FAX: 713-521-0237
    visa@chinahouston.org


    Fee for Documents:


    For Mail-ins: HOUSTON NO LONGER ALLOWS MAIL-INS

    For Walk-ins (Courier) :
    Civil and Adoption Documents
                • $25 per document for 4 business day turnaround 
                • $55 per document for 2-3 business day turnaround

    Business Documents:
                • $50 per document for 4 business day turnaround 
                • $70 per document for 2-3 business day turnaround


    Fee for Visas:

    For Walk-in service (Courier) only, no mail service available:
              • $140 per visa for 5 business day turnaround

    Make cashier's check or money order out to "Chinese Consulate in Houston."

    Personal Check is not acceptable.



    Los Angeles Consulate

    Web address:http://losangeles.china-consulate.org/eng/


    If you would like a mommy to expedite your documents through the Los Angeles consulate process, contact Janice Moore at http://www.redtapesolution.com   E-mail her for info at  info@redtapesolution.com


    Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Pacific Islands


    Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles
    443 Shatto Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90020
    TEL: 213-807-8088
    TEL: 213-807-8018
    TEL: 213-380-2508
    FAX: 213-380-0372
    FAXBACK: 213-380-2506/7


    Fee for Documents:

    For Mail-ins:
    $25 per document for 10 business day turnaround + $5 handling fee for civil and adoption documents
    $50 per document for 10 business day turnaround + $5 handling fee for business documents

    The LA office will only accept return mail to be sent through the US Postal Service. 
    They will not send back your documents via FedEx, DHL, or UPS.

    For Walk-ins (Courier) :
    Civil & Adoption Documents
                  • $25 per document for 5 business day turnaround
                  • $45 per document for 3 business day turnaround
                  • $55 per document for 24 hour turnaround

    Business Documents
                  • $50 per document for 5 business day turnaround
                  • $70 per document for 3 business day turnaround
                  • $80 per document for 24 hour turnaround


    Fee for Visas:

    For Walk-in service (Courier) only, no mail service available: $140 per visa for 5 business day turnaround


    Make cashier's check or money order out to "Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles."

    Personal Check is not acceptable.





    New York Consulate

    Web address: http://www.nyconsulate.prchina.org/


    If you would like an adoptive mommy to expedite your document and visa requests through the New York consulate process, Ms. Patti Urban and Mr. Chris Moore at http://www.Legal-Eaze.com would be glad to help you. E-mail them for info at NYOffice@Legal-Eaze.com


    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont


    The address is:

    Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in New York
    520 12th Avenue
    New York, NY 10036
    Recording: 212-330-7400
    TEL: 212-330-7410
    Authentications: 212-330-7410
    Live Human: 212-502-0271 (2:00 PM - 4:30 PM only)
    FAX: 212-502-0245
    Faxback: 212-868-7761/2
    Office Hours: 10AM - 12:00 noon, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Monday-Friday.
    This consulate accepts cash, company checks, or money orders only.


    Fee for Documents:

    For Mail-ins: NEW YORK NO LONGER ALLOWS MAIL-INS

    For Walk-ins (Courier) :
    Civil & Adoption Documents
                • $25 per document for 4 business day turnaround
                • $45 per document for 24 hour turnaround
                • $55 per document for same day turnaround

    Business Documents

          • $50 per document for 4 business day turnaround
          • $70 per document for 24 hour turnaround 
          • $80 per document for same day turnaround


    Fee for Visas:

    For Walk-in service (Courier) only, no mail service available:
              • $140 per visa for 4 business day service
              • $160 per visa for next day service
              • $170 per visa for same day service

    Make cashier's check or money order out to "Chinese Consulate in New York."

    Personal Check is not acceptable.

    Expedited service ONLY available in person. There will be no expedited service through the mail.

     



    San Francisco

    Web address: http://chinaconsulatesf.org/eng


    If you would like an adoptive mommy to expedite your documents through the San Francisco Consulate process, contact Jill Touloukian at jill@papermidwife.com or her website http://www.papermidwife.com

                  • Alaska
                  • Northern California
                  • Nevada
                  • Oregon
                  • Washington

    The address is:

    Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco
    1450 Laguna Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    TEL: 415/674-2900 (Main Number)
    TEL: 415/928-6931 (Visa Section)
    TEL: 415-563-9232
    TEL: 415/674-2928 or 415/674-2941
    FAX: 415/563-4861

    FEES

    For Documents:

    For Mail-ins:
    • $25 per document for 10 business day turnaround plus a $5.00 per package mail handling fee
    • No rush service for mailed-in documents
    • Please note "Consular Application" in an obvious place on the front side of the envelope
    • Self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage. Only FedEx, DHL, UPS, Airborne, Priority and Express mail envelopes are accepted. For FedEx, only those with account numbers are accepted. Return envelopes with meter stamps are not accepted

    For Walk-ins (Courier) :
    Adoption & Civil Documents
    • $25 per document for 5 business day turnaround
    • $45 per document for 1 day turnaround
    • No same day service
    Business Documents
    • $50 per document for 5 business day turnaround
    • $70 per document for 1 business day turnaround
    • No same day service

    For Visas:

    For Walk-in service (Courier) only, no mail service available:
    • $140 per visa for 5 business day turnaround
    • $160 per visa for 24 hour turnaround

    Make cashier's check or money order out to "Consulate General of the PRC - SF"

    Personal Check is not acceptable.



    Washington, DC Embassy

    Web address: http://www.china-embassy.org/


    If you'd like information on a courier for these documents, click here for my page at: 
    http://www.asststork.com/courierchina.html


              • Delaware
              • District of Columbia
              • Idaho
              • Kentucky
              • Maryland
              • Montana
              • Nebraska
              • North Carolina
              • North Dakota
              • Puerto Rico
              • South Carolina
              • South Dakota
              • Tennessee
              • Utah
              • US Virgin Islands
              • Virginia
              • West Virginia
              • Wyoming

    These states also need to have their documents authenticated by the State Department.

    Their address is:

    The Authentication Office of the U.S. State Department
    600 19th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    TEL: 202-647-5002
    or 800-688-9889 (option #6)
    http://www.state.gov/authentications/index.htm

    Fee: $8.00 per document


    Make personal check, money order or cashier's check to "U.S. Department of State."


    This step takes 2-6 weeks by mail or 3-5 days in person. (Which is why I'm a courier for the DC area.) But if you DO go in person, the Authentications Office shares space with the passport office and they are only open 8am - 9am. Also, be aware that they will only process 15 documents per day.

     

    The address for the Embassy is:

    Visa Office of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China
    Room 110
    2201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    TEL: 202-338-6688
    Faxback: 202-265-9809
    FAX: 202-588-9760
    Office Hours: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 1 - 3 PM Monday - Friday

    Document Fees:

    For Mail-ins:
    For Mail-ins:WASHINGTON, DC NO LONGER ALLOWS MAIL-INS

    For Walk-ins (Courier) :

    Adoption & Civil Documents
    • $25 per document for 5 business day turnaround
    • $45 per document for 2-3 day turnaround (Not available at the moment)
    • No same day service

    Business Documents
    • $50 per document for 5 business day turnaround
    • $70 per document for 2-3 business day turnaround (Not available at the moment)
    • No same day service


    Visa Fees:
    For Walk-in service only, no mail service available

    • $140 per visa for 4 business day turnaround
    • $160 per visa for 2-3 business day turnaround
    • No same day service available


    Make cashier's check or money order out to "The Embassy of China."

    Personal Check is not acceptable.