When we applied for multiple entry visa to China recently thru travel agency, they told us that we can only apply for up to 6 months vs 12 months (held prior to expiration), reason given was that since we were not in the US at the time of application, all we are allowed is six months. . . did anyone else encounter this? Has anyone had success in applying for a 12-month multiple entry visitor visa to China? Did you apply in person or used an agency?