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Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:22 EDT
clearly a moron
Can i obtain a british passport within china? im already here in chengdu. I've head Guangzhou and beijing alow for getting lost passports
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:02 EST
fund for tahfidz house

At this moment we need fund to build tahfidz house where its location has been found. Due to many of children are not able to pay to boarding school to deepen their knowledge on qur'an, we need funds to help facilitate us to educate them. this is my email
i am online insha Allah to answer any question regarding this.
i look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you
Sam M
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:43 EST
biometric check for my son
I psent hours on Vis4UK and other VFS site, trying to contact Hangzhou visa centre where I could do a biometric check for my son. I could not make an appotment, because their website is so inflexible. It does not have an option for this task. I just do not know why the contact details for these visa centres are not made available so the people can contact them when they need instead of wasting their time and get nowhere. I sent email to the online email for help, and got another totally unhelpful reply!
Tue, 31 May 2016 05:14 EDT
Single status certificate
Please tell me .I want to marry chinese lady and live in shenzhen.
I need to collect a single status certificate. And fill it in to prove I'm single so I can marry.
Do I fill in the form in China or do I get a form and fill it in hear .and take with me .please help as I'm not sure what to do .
Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:23 EST
how many pages!?!?!?
I've been trying to find out how many pages I need in my UK passport to travel to Indonesia from China where I live. This simple question seems impossibly complicated to answer! Neither the British consulate nor the Chinese consulate in London are able to help me and everyone keeps telling me go ask someone else!
Never been so frustrated in my life!!!!!
Rong Yan
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:12 EST
Poor service by VISA4UK
I registered on visa4UK for my visa application two days ago. I paid online and printed it out and took the documents to shanghai British Consulate. I was told there that I didn't make any appointment before, therefore I could not submit the papers. But when I fill in the form on Visa4UK, it skipped directly to payment instead of go to make appointment. There were 3 ladies at the counter didn't give me any help, even a "hi" or a smile when I enter in visa service center. When I ask them for help, they declined and told me I have to cancel the application and redo it again. This was happened before to other customers and it was the default of the system. When I show them my paper, they even didn't want to have a quick look but said it's the duty of embassy. They have nothing to do with it. When I asked them to call someone inside to help me, they refused it again. It was very bad and unhelpful service I had ever experienced before!!!!!!!
So, when I back home, I tried another two times to redo the application. It was not successful again! It skipped to payment without making appointment first. There is no service line for the problems that I can call for. And I am afraid it would be the same if I go back to that ridiculous shanghai visa service center. Imagine if people are coming from Hangzhou or other cities. How much time they gonna waste on this?! I really hope the British Embassy can take a close look on their visa4uk website. The speed is unbelievable slow and the system is not as smart as you thought. It needs to be fixed!!!! THANK YOU.
Richard Hayward
Wed, 4 Nov 2015 19:31 EST
I had a simple task, renew my daughters passport. filled the form made an appointment ok. arrived on time sat down at the counter and the first words of the lady was "can you speak Chinese my English very poor"
What the hell is wrong here I'm in the BRITISH Embassy??
The lady then asked someone stood behind me not sure if it was another member of staff or member of the public to translate??? what the hell is wrong??? can the british embassy not afford bi lingual staff??
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:14 EDT
Actually got a damn good service!
Applied for new passport after running out of pages... no queue, decent counter service. 13 days later, I get a nice phonecall saying my new passport has arrived in Shanghai. I must be one of the lucky ones.
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:55 EST
Passport Renewal
Hi All,

Does anyone know the UK VAC office phone number at 3/F, Guangdong Development Bank Tower, 555, Xujiahui Road , Huangpu District, Shanghai 200023 China or know when are their opening hours in the CNY period. Passport arrived 18th Jan.. no one contacted me to collect it only found out after calling UK.. very disappointing service in Shanghai.
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:14 EST
Incompetent Morons
It took me 6 months to get a first passport for my son. It was only after contacting my MP and various Ministers in the UK that anything got done. Whose fault was it? The brain dead morons who have infiltrated the HMPO VAC Twat Shanghai Consulate, of course, who didn't ask for the correct documents when I applied, who didn't give me a reference number, who sent auto replies to all emails, etcetera ad infinitum and ad nauseam.

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