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Update – U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in China Suspended Regular Visa Services as of Feb. 3

On Feb. 7, 2020, the official visa information website of the U.S. mission in China (http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/cn/index.html?firstTime=No) announced that as of Feb. 3, 2020, regular visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang are all suspended. The notice further states that the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China have very limited staffing and may be unable to respond to requests regarding regular visa services. Limited emergency appointments may be available to individuals who have urgent travel needs, and qualify for an exemption under the February 2 Presidential Proclamation on Coronavirus (i.e., lawful permanent residents; spouses and children (unmarried and under age of 21) of U.S. citizens or permanent residents; parents or legal guardians of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, provided the U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents are unmarried and under 21; siblings of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, provided the U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents are unmarried and under 21). Individuals who have urgent travel needs and qualify under the exemption of the Presidential Proclamation may go to https://ustraveldocs.com/cn/index.html to submit an emergency appointment request. 

Pursuant to this announcement, unless indicated otherwise in further notifications, all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments scheduled in the coming weeks will be cancelled. Immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants, including EB-5 immigrant visa applicants, with scheduled interview appointments in the coming weeks should expect to receive cancellation notices shortly. Please note that given the limited staffing the U.S. Embassy and Consulates operate with, we do not expect timely responses for rescheduling requests at this time. 

©2020 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume X, Number 41
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Jia Zhao, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, New York, Immigration Law Attorney
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Jia Zhao focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance. Jia advises individual and corporate clients in a variety of complex immigrant and non-immigrant matters, including petitions and applications for family and employment-based matters, as well as the naturalization process. 

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  • EB-5 immigrant investor visas

  • EB-1, PERM-based immigrant petitions

  • Non-immigrant visas, including L-1, O-1 and H-1B

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