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Chinese Visa Application Cost Table

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The cost for Chinese visa application or document authentication through YWPW Chinese Visa Service consists of:

  • Processing fees charged by the Chinese Consulate in Houston
  • Cost of shipping passports/documents back to you (one shipping fee per order)
  • Our service fee
There is no hidden cost. We accept payments in money order, check, or credit card/google checkout. You may pay all fees in a single payment, please see bottom of this page for details. You may select the type of services and the method of shipping the documents back.

For total cost with shipping included, please use our cost calculator.

Chinese visa for US passport holders
Consulate
processing time
Number of entries Duration of stay
(days per entry)
Consular
fee
Service
fee1
Subtotal2
regular 4-day single 60 (max 180) $140.00 $34.96 $174.96
(6-month) double 60 (max 90/180)
6-month multiple
1-year multiple
2-year multiple $49.96 $189.96
express, 2-3 days single 60 (max 180) $160.00 $54.965 $214.965
(6-month) double 60 (max 90/180)
6-month multiple
1-year multiple
2-year multiple $69.965 $229.965
rush, 1-day single 60 (max 180) $170.00 $74.965 $244.965
(6-month) double 60 (max 90/180)
6-month multiple
1-year multiple
2-year multiple $89.965 $259.965
  1. Service fees reflect current discounts.
  2. Shipping cost is not included in the total amount; You only pay one shipping fee per order, even if your order contains multiple passports. Please use cost calculator to find out cost with shipping fee included.
  3. Consular fees may change without notice -- you will pay actual cost charged by the consulate.
  4. Two-year multiple entry visa is limited to those born in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  5. At Houston consulate, rush/express service Chinese visa applications must pass our evaluation first (due to consulate restrictions), and there is a special handling fee of $80/$60 in addition to what was listed above.

Chinese visa for non-US passport holders
Consulate
processing time
Number of entries Duration of stay
(days per entry)
Consular
fee
Service
fee1
Subtotal2
regular 4-day single 30 (max 180) $30.00 $34.96 $64.96
(6-month) double 30 (max 90/180) $45.00 $79.96
6-month multiple $60.00 $94.96
1-year multiple $90.00 $124.96
2-year multiple $90.00 $49.96 $139.96
express, 2-3 days single 30 (max 180) $50.00 $54.965 $104.965
(6-month) double 30 (max 90/180) $65.00 $119.965
6-month multiple $80.00 $134.965
1-year multiple $110.00 $164.965
2-year multiple $110.00 $69.965 $179.965
rush, 1-day single 30 (max 180) $60.00 $74.965 $134.965
(6-month) double 30 (max 90/180) $75.00 $149.965
6-month multiple $90.00 $164.965
1-year multiple $120.00 $194.965
2-year multiple $120.00 $89.965 $209.965
  1. Service fees reflect current discounts.
  2. Shipping cost is not included in the total amount; You only pay one shipping fee per order, even if your order contains multiple passports. Please use cost calculator to find out cost with shipping fee included.
  3. Consular fees may change without notice and, for certain countries, they may be different from those listed in this table or calculated from our computer system -- you will pay actual cost charged by the consulate.
  4. At present, 2-year multiple entry visa is generally not availabe -- only those born in China may get approved (chance is still not great).
  5. At Houston consulate, rush/express service Chinese visa applications must pass our evaluation first (due to consulate restrictions), and there is a special handling fee of $80/$60 in addition to what was listed above.

Pickup service (passport, visa and other documents)
  1. Your application has been submitted to the Chinese consulate in Houston by you or someone else. Houston consulate only.
  2. Our service fee is $20.00 per document, consulate fee is based on the type of document.
  3. You must submit an online order, check the box "pickup only" under the "Processing time", then put your pickup slip number in the "Note/comment" box. The fees will be calculated automatically when you submit.
  4. Shipping fee is calculated per order, i.e. you only pay one shipping fee even if you have multiple documents.
  5. If you want to know the total cost before submitting an order, please use Cost Calculator, which would include shipping cost.
  6. Please send us the original pickup slip (make a copy for yourself).If your case is urgent, you may scan and email to us. The consulate requires the original pickup slip so that they can avoid any issues that may arise later.
  7. Please see How to apply: Step by step procedures at bottom of our main index page for things you need to do and what we will do after you mail out the pickup slip.

Hong Kong visa or permit
  1. The consular fee is $50 for Hong Kong visa and $10 for Hong Kong permit.
  2. Our service fee is $34.96 for regular $54.96 for express and $74.96 for rush.
  3. Shipping cost is charged one shipping fee per order, even if your order contains multiple passports.
  4. Please use cost calculator to find out the total cost with shipping fee included.

Document authentication
(Chinese Consulate in Houston and Chinese Embassy in Washington DC)
Consulate
processing time
Document type Consular fee5 Service fee1 Subtotal2
  1-2 documents (fees per document)
regular 4-day general $25.00 $39.96 $64.96
business $50.00 $89.96
express, 2-3 days general $45.00 $59.96 $104.96
business $70.00 $129.96
rush, 1 days general $55.00 $79.96 $134.96
business $80.00 $159.96
  3-5 documents
service fee regular $35.96, express $53.96, and rush $71.96 (per document)
  6-8 documents
service fee regular $33.96, express $50.96, and rush $67.96 (per document)
  9 documents or more
service fee regular $31.96, express $47.96, and rush $63.96 (per document)
  Notes
  1. Service fees reflect current discounts.
  2. Shipping cost is not included in the total amount. You only pay one shipping fee per order, even if your order contains multiple documents. Please use cost calculator to find out cost with shipping fee included.
  3. The weight of documents varies -- if the actual shipping cost significantly differs from estimated (based on minimum weight allowed), you will pay actual shipping cost.
  4. Consular fees may change without notice -- you will pay actual cost charged by the consulate.
  5. The consulate fee charged at Chinese Embassy in Washington DC is $20.00 (general) or $40.00 (business). The online order form will calculate the correct fee based on information you enter.
  6. Please see document authentication to prepare documents. (Note: The consulate no longer provides same day pickup for property related or business documents since 2006/12/01).

Certification (Apostilles) by Secretary of State
Certification by US Department of State
Secretary of State Document type State fee Service fee1 Subtotal2
  1-2 documents (fees per document)
US Department of State all $8.00 $39.96 $47.96
Alabama AL
Mississippi MS
KY, MD, SD
all $5.00 $39.96 $44.96
Arkansas AR
Florida FL
Georgia GA
ID, MT, NC, ND, NE, VA, WV
all $10.00 $39.96 $49.96
WY all $3.00 $39.96 $42.96
Louisiana LA
Oklahoma OK
all $20.00 $39.96 $59.96
SC, TN all $2.00 $39.96 $41.96
Texas TX
DC, DE, UT
all $15.00 $39.96 $54.96
  3-5 documents
service fee $35.96 per document
  6-8 documents
service fee $33.96 per document
  0 documents or more
service fee $31.96 per document
  Notes
  1. Service fees reflect current discounts.
  2. Shipping costs to/from the Office of Secretary of State and back to you are not included in the total amount. Shipping fee is on per order basis, it is not charged per document. Please use cost calculator to find out cost with shipping fee included.
  3. The weight of documents varies -- if the actual shipping cost significantly differs from estimated (based on minimum weight allowed), you will pay actual shipping cost.
  4. State certification fees may change without notice -- you will pay actual cost charged by the Secretary of State.
  5. Please see document authentication to prepare documents.

1. Shipping cost

Please see shipping options and costs for detailed description of each shipping method and their exceptions. Shipping fee is charged per order, not per passport.

  • Prepaid Envelope $1
  • FedEx Express Saver $14
  • FedEx 2Day $20
  • FedEx Overnight $29
  • FedEx Overnight (Saturday delivery) $49
  • Postal Priority Mail $7
  • Postal Priority Mail with signature $9.5
  • Postal Express Mail $20

2. Service fee

  • for visa application, single to 1-year multiple are the same (see tables above), 2-year multiple visa costs $15 more.
  • Pickup only: $20 per document/item.
  • Photo service: $12 for first applicant, $2 each for each additional. When you forget to include a photo with your visa application, you may email us and we take it to store and print for you.
  • International mail handling fee: $10.
To minimize your cost, we advise that you plan ahead and allow a minimal of 2-weeks time, so that you don't have to use the expensive express or rush services, or in case something goes wrong.

3. Supplemental document fee

Unlike our competition, we currently do not charge a fee for submitting supplemental documents. However, we ask you check against our web site and/or check list to avoid missing documents, which causes trouble to both you and us.

After you place an order online, you will be supplied a "check list". Please check against it before mailing. If your application package arrives at our office missing some documents or with errors, we will contact you and help you correct them.

We do our part by providing you with most updated and correct information, and you do your part by providing us with needed documents. Together we keep the extra load/cost associated with supplemental documents to an acceptable level so that we never have to charge a supplemental document fee.

To save your time and money, most supplemental documents may be submitted electronically. You scan or take a digital picture of your documents, email the image file to us, and we print them out for you. Please note that common problem for taking pictures of documents is that the image is too dark and the consulate would not accept. Faxed copies of passport, green card have low resolutions and are thus not acceptable.

4. Promotions and discounts

You may use only one coupon code per order. Discount applies to every item (passport) in your order. Discount does not apply to charges like international mailing, photo service.

5. Method of payment

We accept money order, check and credit card payments. For express or rush service, please use money order or credit card. You may pay all fees as shown on the online order confrimation page in a single payment (money order or check should be made payable to "YWPW Services"). You may also choose to make two payments: pay the consular fee to "Chinese Consulate in Houston" (the consulate accepts money order only) and the rest to our agency.

Please note, payments must be received before we submit your application to the consulate or Secretary of State, unless special arrangements are made. If the payment is in check, documents may be mailed back to you after the check is cleared (5 business days). There is a $30 charge for a check that is returned. For credit card payment (paypal), there is a 3.5% transaction fee. (why?)

Money order may be purchased at local post office ($1.10) or stores like Wal Mart.

6. Mailing address

The mailing address will be printed on the online order confirmation page. Please save a copy of the order confirmation for your record.

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Tips

You pay one shipping fee per order, even if your order contains multiple passports.

You may use self-taken pictures for visa application (please print at photo stores), see visa photo requirement.

For US citizens, a 1-year multiple visa is as easy to get as a single visa, and costs the same.

Frequent travelers, please make sure you have at least one blank visa page.

You may make a single payment to us for consular fee, service fee and shipping.

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