Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.


Due to the current Covid control measures implemented by local authorities, applicants may experience some delays in picking up, receiving or submitting their documents and passports.


Effective January 21, 2022, applicants in Mainland China can pick up their passport and submit their documents (221(g) documents, Interview Waiver Application) at the following 4 CITIC locations for free:

  • Beijing - 1F, Bldg E, No 8, Fuhua Mansion, Chaoyangmen North Street, Beijing
  • Guangzhou - 1, 2 Floor, CITIC Plaza, 233 North Tianhe Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong
  • Shanghai - Pacific Plaza, GF, No 1168 Nanjing West Rd, Shanghai
  • Shenyang - Nanhu branch, No.50, Cai Ta Street, He Ping District, Shenyang, Liaoning

Applicants can select any other CITIC pickup / drop-off locations against a fee of RMB 68 to be paid at the counter when picking up/ dropping of their documents (221(g) documents, Interview Waiver Application). EMS Premium home delivery remains available against a fee of RMB 92 per passport, regardless of visa type or destination, to be paid on delivery to the EMS courier.


Select here to learn more about certain individual petition-based visa applicants who are now eligible for waiver of interview.


The U.S. Mission to China understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We have worked diligently and restored all routine visa operations as of December 17, 2021. For receipts valid on or after March 20, 2020, or purchased between March 20, 2020 and December 16, 2021, the U.S. Mission extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Fees paid on or after December 17, 2021 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.


The US Embassy and the Consulates in China are pleased to inform you that Interview Waiver will resume. You can submit your application at a CITIC bank location starting Friday November 5. 


On May 4, U.S. visa sections in China plan to begin interviewing a wider range of applicants. On April 26, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken approved several National Interest Exceptions to travel restrictions imposed under Presidential Proclamations aimed at addressing the threat to public health of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exceptions include professors, research scholars, short term scholars, and specialists seeking to travel under an exchange visitor program (J visa), journalists (I visa), and certain other categories of vital travel. These exceptions also include students (F visa) who have been present in any country subject to the Presidential Proclamations, including those who have been present in the People’s Republic of China. Students who have been present in China are now excepted from COVID-related restrictions, imposed under Presidential Proclamations. If they are otherwise eligible, these students may be issued visas and can travel to the United States for academic programs that begin on or after August 1, 2021.For further information, please see  https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/uniform-global-national-interest-exceptions-to-covid-19-travel-restrictions/ and https://www.state.gov/uniform-global-national-interest-exceptions-to-covid-19-travel-restrictions/. Please keep in mind that entry into the United States is subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at ports of entry. Travelers are required to produce proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to entry and are to comply with other Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines concerning international travel, including pre-travel testing and recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the United States. Failure to do so may result in a refusal of entry by CBP. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fees are valid for one year from the date of payment.  Students and exchange visitors who deferred their start date for longer than one year may need to pay a new SEVIS fee. For more on the SEVIS fee, please visit https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901. To pay your SEVIS fee, please visit https://FMJfee.com. For students and their dependents (F and M type visas) ONLY: You may not enter the United States until 30 days prior to the start of your academic program. This applies to both new and continuing students.


As of April 9, 2021, U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou Immigrant Visa Unit has resumed processing of fiance(e) and immigrant visa applications.  If you are an immigrant visa applicant and have received an appointment letter, please follow the instructions provided.  If you are an immigrant visa applicant who had an appointment originally scheduled January-March 2020, the IV unit will contact you to reschedule your appointment.  Please direct any questions to the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou Immigrant Visa Unit webform at https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/visas/immigrant-visas/immigrant-visa-unit-question/.


Please note that you must wear a face mask and follow social distancing instructions when visiting U.S. Embassy Beijing and the U.S. Consulates in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang. If you are feeling ‎ill or have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not enter U.S. Embassy or Consulate buildings and reschedule your appointment.


Secretary Blinken, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months. This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff. Travelers are encouraged to review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for detailed information on what services are currently available as well as eligibility information and instructions on applying for a visa without an interview.


All consular services provided at U.S. Consulate General Chengdu, China have been suspended until further notice and all scheduled visa appointments have been canceled. All visa applications that were in-process there prior to the suspension of services were sent to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Please contact the visa call center for further instructions. For any applicant who has not interviewed yet but paid a MRV visa application fee for an appointment in Chengdu, please follow the instructions online to schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing or one of the other U.S. Consulates in China.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for China. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates General in Guangzhou, Shanghai, or Shenyang.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in China.