Chinese Embassy to open Visa Center in Islamabad to promote people to people exchanges
The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Islamabad has decided to open a visa facilitation center from May 6th, to facilitate people to people exchanges between Pakistan and China. The visa center will be on a trial basis from May 6th to May 10th, and citizens of Pakistan can apply for visa through this center. People to people ties between Pakistan and China are advancing, ever since the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In order to further facilitate people to people exchanges between China and Pakistan and provide applicants with more comfortable environment and more efficient services, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan will entrust Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Islamabad (“Visa Center”) to offer visa and attestation facilitation services since 6 May 2019. The Visa Center is responsible for handling various consular documents and applications, including ordinary visas, attestation, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR visa applications, biometric information collection and collection of attestation fees on behalf of the Chinese Embassy (including express and urgent fees), passport/visa collection and answering applicants’ questions among other services, in line with the requirements of the Chinese Embassy. The relevant details are hereby notified as follows:
1. The Visa Center will be on trial operation from 6 May to 10 May 2019. During this period, applicants with ordinary passports can submit their applications to the Visa Center or the Chinese Embassy. If you apply for the Chinese visa at the Visa Center, you need to go to the Visa Center’s website, fill in the application form and make an appointment. The Visa Center will be officially opened on 13 May 2019. After 13 May 2019, the Chinese Embassy will no longer accept ordinary visa, attestation, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR visa applications. Applicants will have to submit the above-mentioned applications through the Visa Center.
The address of the Visa Center is as follows: Gerry’s Building, Adjacent to Punjab Cash and Carry, Park Road, Chatta Bakhtawar, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad
Business timing: 09:00-16:00 from Monday to Friday (holidays would be announced separately)
2. Those applicants who hold diplomatic or official passports, or who apply for Chinese diplomatic, official? courtesy or talent visas, may submit their applications directly to the Chinese Embassy after filling up application form online and making an appointment at the Chinese Embassy website. The Chinese Embassy will continue to accept applications such as notarization, passport and travel permit applications. The business hours at the Chinese Embassy for submitting and collecting these cases will be from 08:30 to 12:00 (holidays will be announced separately). For details, please consult the Consular Section of the Chinese Embassy website.
3. According to the arrangement of reciprocal exemption of visa fees, the Chinese Embassy does not charge consular fees for visa from Pakistani citizens. The Visa Center will charge consular fees for attestation fees including urgent fees payable to the Chinese Embassy. The Visa Center will charge service fees for visa and attestation applications. It will charge optional service fees with mailing service, VIP service and other value added services according to the applicant's wishes. For the service fee collection, standard and related service details, please consult the Visa Center or contact the Visa Center helpline number, which is mentioned on the Visa Center website.
4. The Visa Center does not participate in the visa approval process. Solely the visa officer of the Chinese Embassy has the authority to decide whether to issue the visa or not, as well as the validity period of the visa, the duration of stay and number of entries based on the applicant's specific circumstances. The visa officer may request the applicant to provide further supporting documents or supplementary materials as required or request the applicant for a live interview.
5. Except for the Visa Center mentioned above, the Chinese Embassy has not entrusted other institutions or individuals to act as intermediaries for visa applications and other consular documents. Applicants are advised to handle their relevant information with caution.