China Consulate in San Francisco, USA

 Visa Application Form of PRC
  Detail Procedure for Application
  (How to Apply - Processing Time - Visa Fees - Pick-up, etc)
  For Children Born in USA with Chinese Descent Going to China

Consul General: Mr. Wang Donghua
Address: 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Tel: +1-415-852 5900
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Consular Office of Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

Tel: +1-415-852 5941 (service staff, 15:30-17:00 on working days) 
Fax: +1-415-852-5940
Consular Protection Hotline: +1-415-852 5924 (working hours), +1-415-216 8525 (non-working hours)
Office Hours: 09:00-14:30 Monday-Friday (except holidays) 

Consular Districts

Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska

If you don't reside in these regions, please contact the consulate in your region. Otherwise, your application will be delayed or even denied.

Important Notice

Please do not bring any audio/video electronic devices, such as camera, video camera and video/audio recorder, MP3s, or PDAs as they are not allowed within the Consulate. The consul also strongly advises that you do not bring large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages as there are no storage facilities on Consulate grounds.

Means of Payment

On or after the pick-up date specified in the receipt, applicants can pay and pick up their passports themselves or by entrusted persons, travel agencies with the receipt.
1. Money Order, Cashier's Check, and Company Check made payable to "Chinese Consulate General".
2. Credit Card and Debit Card - ONLY Visa/Master Card are acceptable.
Please note: Cash and Personal check are not acceptable.

Mail Applications are not acceptable

The Consulate in San Francisco does not accept mailed applications. And the mailing back service is not available as well.

2021 Holiday Schedule

Festivals Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Friday
Martin Luther King's Birthday January 18 Monday
Chinese New Year February 11 - 12 Thursday - Friday
Qingming Festival April 5 Monday
Labor Day May 3 Monday
Memorial Day May 31 Monday
Independence Day July 5 Monday
US Labor Day September 6 Monday
Mid-Autumn Festival September 20 Monday
Chinese National Day  October 1 - 4 Friday - Monday
Thanksgiving Day November 25 - 26 Thursday & Friday
Christmas Day December 24 Friday

Map of the Consulate General in San Francisco

How to Get to the Consulate General?

1450 Laguna Street is at the intersection of Laguna and Geary streets.

If you go Freeway 101, exit at Fell and Laguna streets, and then turn right at the first traffic light on to Laguna Street.

The consulate is about 0.6 mile ahead on your right hand side.

You can also take Bus No. 38 and get off at Laguna to reach there.

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- Last modified on Jun. 07, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Consulate in San Francisco
Asked by Andrew Rhoades from UNITED STATES | Jun. 03, 2021 17:12Reply
Visa Application and Consulate Reopening
Hello, I've applied for an M visa multiple times but have not been able to get into the Consulate due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. I will be teaching in China for EF English First. I was issued my work permit/PU letter a couple month ago. Although, my PU letter is about to expire. I was wondering if the San Francisco Consulate will reopen after the June 15th reopening of California? Lastly, will the Consulate take into consideration the long wait due to the current pandemic when it comes to making their decision on whether or not to approve visa applications with expired PU letters?
Answers (2)
Answered by Dave | Jun. 07, 2021 01:12

1. There is still no information about when the consulate in San Francisco will be open again. But you can write to to consult the visa issues.

2. They may ask for the valid PU letter.
Answered by Andrew Rhoades | Jun. 07, 2021 09:26

I have emailed them multiple times in the past couple months. The first two times, they said that they weren’t accepting regular visas applications at the time. I sent an email last month and this month but no reply back. Im assuming they may be getting ready for the reopening on the 15th or their just backlogged. Trying to call the Consulate is no help because no one answers and left a message but no reply back.
Asked by Zengwh from USA | Jun. 02, 2021 11:12Reply
Hi i just to ask if chinese consulate in san francisco, Ca are already open?
I need to renew my expired passport i just wonder if they are open already and accepting application for passport renewal.
Answers (1)
Answered by Chang | Jun. 07, 2021 01:03

For passport renewal abroad, you need to make a reservation and know the details here:
Asked by Michael Roberts from UNITED STATES | Apr. 06, 2021 10:15Reply
Q1 visa, need documents like copies of Greencard, income, bank statements or property deeds?
My wife is Chinese citizen, we married 10 years ago here in United States. We have traveled to China on (L) visa in recent years. I recently retired we want to move to China on Q1 visa for me. She has Chinese passport so no problem for her? Can my wife write me an invite letter?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eric | Apr. 12, 2021 00:37

Michael, your wife does not need a visa, and you need to get a Q1 visa, which requires documents like your passport, application form, photo, marriage certificate, an invitation letter from your wife, and a copy of your wife's passport or ID card.
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