As of yesterday, foreign expats in Beijing can fill out Chinese visa forms and schedule a visa application appointment online.
To take advantage of the news, applicants can visit the official website of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau at www.bjgaj.gov.cn. From the website’s homepage you then click on “Exit Entry Administration Service Hall” (出入境管理办事大厅), and then click on the “Foreigner Visa” form (外国人签证证件办理).
It is expected that the new website feature will dramatically cut wait times. Foreign visa applicants will also be able to read about mandatory visa prerequisites, and reserve an appointment for the visa application.
Applicants are reminded to be sure a barcode is included as part of their printed application beforehand. Additionally, applicants must bring the requisite certification when applying in person as well as any valid Chinese residency registration.
The Exit Entry Administration Service Hall is located at #2 Andingmen Blvd in Dongcheng District, Beijing.