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Does anyone know the differences between a public affairs and a personal affairs passport from China? My fiancee went for further studies abroad to Canada from July 2004 to the end of 2004 on a public affairs passport. This passport is good until 2007.

Will this passport work for the K1 Fiancee Visa and also can she include our daughter on the same passport or will she need a separate passport for her, our daughter is 11 years old?

Thanks,

Keith & Xiang


2005-07-20 Sent Xiang first email

2005-11-19 Met Xiang in Nanning

2005-11-25 Asked for Xiang's hand in marriage

2006-02-21 Date I-129F Sent

2006-02-24 Date I-129F NOA1 (Receipt)

2006-03-15 Applied for Emergency Expedite

2006-04-03 Date I-129F NOA2 (Approved)

2006-04-25 Date packet was sent from NVC to Guangzhou, China

2006-07-07 Date Xiang recieved Packet #3 from Guangzhou, China

2006-07-08 Date Xiang sent Packet #3 to the U.S. Consulate

2006-07-27 Date Xiang recieved request for biographical information on our daughter

2006-07-27 Date Xiang sent biographical information to the U.S. Consulate

2006-08-17 Date Xiang sent biographical information to the U.S. Consulate, again!

2006-08-21 Date Xiang called, faxed and mailed the U.S. Consulate the biographical information

2006-08-22 Email from the U.S. Consulate, they FINALLY received the G-325A form for our daughter!

2006-08-22 Waiting patiently for Packet #4 to arrive, bring my soulmate to my open arms!!!

2006-08-25 Packet #4 sent out from the U.S. Consulate, in transit to my baby!!!

2006-08-29 11:25pm Email from the U.S. Consulate, the interview date is October 17th!

2006-09-29 Medical examination for Xiang and our daughter Qi. Interview is just around the corner!

2006-10-16 11:15pm VISA APPROVED!!!!

2006-10-29 Xiang and Qi arrived in Detroit, immigrations 2 1/2 hours, finally holding my sweetheart in my arms.

2006-11-05 Exchanging our vows, what a beautiful day for our wedding!

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Does anyone know the differences between a public affairs and a personal affairs passport from China? My fiancee went for further studies abroad to Canada from July 2004 to the end of 2004 on a public affairs passport. This passport is good until 2007.

Will this passport work for the K1 Fiancee Visa and also can she include our daughter on the same passport or will she need a separate passport for her, our daughter is 11 years old?

Thanks,

Keith & Xiang

Hi Keith & Xiang,

No replies for you yet, so I Googled for you and came up with This Page from the Chinese Embassy in Greece, of all places! It gives by far the clearest explanation I managed to find regarding the different Chinese passport types - I had no idea how many there are!

To quote ...

"Ordinary Passport for Public Affairs is principally issued to staff in the governmental offices at all levels and to employees of state-owned enterprises or institutions.

Ordinary Passport for private affairs is principally issued to overseas Chinese and those who go abroad for personal affairs, such as residing, visiting friends or relatives, inheriting properties, studying, working, or sightseeing, etc."

So perhaps your fiancee was a state employee of some type?

Skimming through the document, it appears that both your fiancee's passports are valid for foreign travel, so - since this process can sometimes take a lonnngggg time - I would be inclined to use whichever passport has the longest to run, but the 'private' one appears to be the one that might be better to use... :unsure:

Anyway, the same page goes on to explain how to apply for the various documents as well. Hopefully that will be of some help.

As for your daughter ... again, just skimming through the page, and also judging by what most other countries want these days ... it looks as though she will probably need her own passport.

Please note that I have no first hand experience and/or expert knowledge of any of this - however, hopefully this reply will have bumped the post up to the top and you'll get some answers from members who have dealt with this sort of situation before.

All the best,

Sheila

Edited by Tex'n'Brit

All the best,

Sheila

(AKA Brit)

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Jun 01-2005: I-129F is at TSC

Sep 21-2005: K-1 Visa!

Oct 16-2005: Moved To DFW!

Oct 23-2005:
Wedding!

Mar 09-2006:
Green Card!

Mar 07-2008: I-751 (Lifting conditions) sent

Apr 17-2008: Biometrics Appt

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