This news just in. Although rumors are saying you must renew your L visa from Hong Kong, today a reliable source informed us that you CAN renew your L visa from Shanghai's Entry & Exit Bureau in Pudong. It takes one week to process your visa and costs 150 RMB.
What you need to bring: Passport, a photocopy of the pink registration form you got at the police station and 1 photo. They provide applications for you to fill out while you are there. Be prepared to wait for 2 to 5 hours. It's a busy place these days.
FACT: You can renew your L visa up to two times and will get 30 days per renewal (90 days in total) AND you don't need to go to Hong Kong for this, but can actually get it done hassle free.
Visa pick up: One week later, you can pick up your visa in Pudong. This time, the line-ups are not excruciating. Half hour max and you will be in and out. When you arrive to renew your visa, you can also specify if you will come in person to pick it up OR if you would like to have your passport delivered to your home or office for the price of 30 RMB delivery fee.
How to get a temporary passport: If you plan on traveling within China while your visa is being processed, simply bring an extra photo and they will provide you (for free) with a special document with a photo and official stamp that functions as a temporary passport.
How to Get There:
The Entry & Exit Bureau office is where we foreigners need to go to extend our visa, change our visa, or apply or make changes to our residence permits. This is NOT where one gets their Temporary Resident's permits (commonly known as the "yellow slip" even though its blue as of 2006, and pink as of 2007) THAT document is obtained at your local PSB office, your landlord or management company should direct you there.
1500 Ming Sheng Rd, take the Line 2 Metro. The bureau is 10 mins walk from the station at the Science and Technology Museum. When you get to that station, exit via Exit #3. Exit 3 takes you a few hundred meters underground before you walk up the flight of stairs.
As you exit via the top of the stairs, you will be facing East. Walk forward (eastbound) along that street (YinCun Rd). You will cross the first intersection (called HeHuan Rd) then continue past the Pudong Expo Building.
The following building on the right is one with a slanted top. THIS is the building housing the Entry & Exit Bureau. The Visa / resident's permit office is on the 3rd floor. Be sure to take a number on the way in.
For those taking a car, the Bureau office is at the corner of Ming Sheng Rd and YinCun Rd. at 1500 Ming Sheng Rd.
[Last edited by Forum Editor on 20-Jun-2008 10:46]