I really can’t say enough good things about the visa outsourcing companies that help travelers get to places like India and China. While there is certainly some incest in the relationship between these companies and the consulates they serve, they turn what could otherwise be a tricky, frustrating, and time consuming exercise (which consulate? where? when are they open?) into a pretty simple one.
I put my passport, an application, a utility bill, and a money order in a fedex pouch. In short order, I was able to see this:
I whine enough when things go wrong – this at least looks like it’s a well thought out process.
It appears to be done and on its way back to me: