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How to Extend Your Visa

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Tourist visas can be extended in Shanghai (usually extending a tourist visa once is straightforward enough, but this being China, there is no way to guarantee that your application will be accepted. You should not rely on the visa being extended). To extend your visa, you can go to the exit and entry bureau on 1500 Minsheng Road in Pudong. 

What you need

You will need your passport, a photo and a copy of your registration slip. 

An application form will be provided at the centre. Your registration slip is either the slip you got yourself when you registered at the police station or a slip provided by your hotel. If you are staying at a hotel, your hotel should have registered for you and can provide you with a pink registration slip. 

Remember to register at the police station when you arrive in Shanghai. If you are staying at a hotel remember to ask them for the registration slip. This is the slip you will need if you wish to extend your visa.

Where to go

The offices  at 1500 Minsheng Road are open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 28951900.

To get there, take the line 2 metro to the Science and Technology museum. Take exit 3 and walk straight, following the signs. You'll cross one intersection before you get to Minsheng Road at the second intersection. Turn right on Minsheng Road and you'll see the entry and exit building on your right (look for the building in the picture above) . 

The third floor deals with visa extensions and applications for residence permits. When you reach the third floor you should pick up a ticket with a number on it. While you wait for your number to come up, you can fill out the application form at one of the booths towards the rear of the room. 

These booths have an example form posted up to guide you on filling out the form. 

When your number comes up, head to the desk and the immigration officer will process your application. They will keep your passport for a week and give you a receipt which enables you to pick up your passport, and has the appropriate pick-up date on it. 

It's a good idea to bring an additional photo and ask them to attach it to the receipt and stamp it. This receipt will then function as a temporary replacement for your passport. 

To pick up your passport, head back to the same office on the date specified on your form. You don't have to pay anything when you apply for your extension but there's a fee when you collect your passport. The fee is usually 160 RMB but varies by nationality of the applicant. The exact fee will be specified on your receipt slip. The collection office is on the first floor, on your right as you enter the building. Pay the fee at the first set of counters. Once you've paid, move to the counters towards your left to pick up your passport. 

For more information, please visit the Visa and Residence Permit Center.

Forum discussion

You won't be the first foreigner to head to the exit and entry bureau in Pudong. You can find years of wisdom condensed into one forum thread here. 

You can find an up-to-date discussion specifically on extending visas here. 

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