So I am a US citizen and I have a Chinese L visa for multiple entries that was issued in June 2012, the enter before date was June 2013. I am planning to travel to China in a month (August) and was wondering if my visa is still valid or I should apply for a new one. Thanks!

  • I can stand corrected on this, but I believe the "Enter Before" date is the expiration date of the visa. Have you miskeyed the dates or is it actually 4 years ago? Not the official source, but take a look at Wikipedia.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 21:07
  • Thanks for reply, the dates are correct, I am not sure if my visa is last for 10 years or have expired already. Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 21:22
  • Note that "visa" is a perfectly ordinary word. It's not an acronym, so it never needs to be written in all caps. Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 23:43
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    I don't think China typically issued 10 year visas to Americans before 2014. I think you have a 1 year visa that is now expired.
    – user38879
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 17:24
  • @Dennis why not make this an answer? It is correct, OP's visa is expired and that's it. Ping me and I'll +1 immediately.
    – mts
    Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 10:47

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Your visa is expired and you should apply for a new one.

The enter before-date is what comes closest to the expire date, the meaning, quite obviously being that you must enter before the date given.
In a comment you mention the 10 year visa. While such a visa is available to US citizens, the respective agreement has only been put up in November 2014 so we can exclude that your visa issued in 2012 is a 10 year visa. You can recognize a Chinese 10 year visa from the issue-date to the enter before-date spanning 10 years.

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