I am stuck in a really difficult situation and feel totally helpless. Would appreciate any sort of help or advice. I am the director of a Hong Kong based company and I recently opened a rep. office in Guangzhou and appointed myself as the “Chief Representative”. All the rep. office formalities were completed as per the Chinese laws and I even ensured that the Chinese employees hired in the office were given proper social insurance. I spent over 4-5 months and a substantial amount of money in completing all these formalities as per the laws of China.
Based on properly completing all the formalities I was issued the documents required for applying for a Z Visa, including the original “Invitation Letter” issued by the duly authorised unit. I applied for a (Z Visa) and my passport was returned back after 21 days (instead of the standard 4 days), however, none of my documents were returned. These included the visa form, photocopies of rep. office paperwork and most importantly the "Original" Invitation letter”. As I did not get the documents back, I was unable to find out the reason for rejection of my visa. Also, the “invitation letter” was extremely important for me, as it took us nearly 3 months of formalities in China, in order to get this letter. However, I re-applied on 26th April, and once again wasn’t issued the visa. This time I received my documents back, but there was no reason written on the form for rejection.
As someone who has visited China frequently over the last two years, I have always made sure that I follow all relevant laws in China and have never overstayed my visa or infringed any laws at all. Therefore I was extremely disturbed by the decision. I have been left in an extremely difficult position, where I have no Visa, have lost hold of my invitation letter & I am not aware of the reason for rejection. As the representative office is operational in China, this is leading to a lot of losses and is affecting the morale of the employees in China too. I have made several attempts to at least find a reason and get an appointment with a “Visa officer” at the Chinese Embassy so I can offer any clarifications on my visa history and also explain the difficult situation that I find myself in. However, I have had no luck in this process.
I wrote a detailed letter similar to this post about my situation in Mandarin and handed it over at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. However, I was simply told that there must be a reason for rejection and they don’t always tell the reason and that they were “too busy” for an appointment. I would really like some advice on how I might be able to get an appointment or what sort of organizations I can approach for help or who I can speak to in order to get some help on this matter.