What should I know about the Chinese consulate in San Francisco?


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The Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco is located at 1450 Laguna Street, and the phone number is (415) 852-5900, as of October 2014. The consulate provides visas, passports, authentication documents, consular protection for Chinese citizens and cultural exchanges. The consul general is Yuan Nansheng; he has held that position since early 2013.

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The consulate has several services for Chinese and American citizens. The office accepts authentication applications by mail, but the consulate cannot accept certified mail, registered mail or return receipt mail. The consulate needs seven to 10 days to process applications by mail. Authentication documents require a processing fee, payable by a money order.

Visa applications are accepted in person at the consulate's visa office. People who live in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska process their consular documents at the San Francisco office.

Yuan Nansheng is a university professor who holds a law degree from Peking University. The consul general first served as a diplomat in Egypt as a minister-counselor from 2000 to 2002. He also served his country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suriname, Zimbabwe and India. The consul general participates in local events, conferences and trade negotiations within the consulate's jurisdiction.

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