UPDATE:  U.S. Consulate General Shanghai Consular Services Back to Full Operation. The U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai has resolved network issues that previously affected the ability to conduct visa services.  All consular services are fully restored and operations have returned to normal. We are working as expeditiously as possible to process visas for those applicants who were approved before and during the disruption.  For those who have an interview scheduled, we will be able to conduct a complete interview with standard processing times. For those planning to schedule visa interviews, please proceed as per normal procedure. We are pleased to resume normal operations and are working diligently to clear any backlog that resulted from the disruption.  We appreciate your patience and understanding. For information pertaining to specific cases, please call 021-5191-5200 from 8:00 to 20:00, Monday through Friday (except holidays), or send email to: support-china@ustraveldocs.com.

Effective Monday May 21, 2019, applicants in mainland China can pay their MRV fee with Alipay. More information here

Important Information About Scheduling Your Appointment:  You may choose to interview at any location in China regardless of your residence or the location of your Hukou.  The general application procedures are the same across China.  You can review soonest available appointments throughout China at travel.state.gov.  Please note that H&L employment visa interviews are only available in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.

Effective March 22, 2019, following anti laundering requests from the banking regulators, when you are making a payment for your US visa fee through the CITIC Cash counter, the Smart Counter, or online, CITIC bank is required to record customer information for non-CITIC card holders, including: name, gender, nationality, mobile phone number, valid identification number, address, profession and tax resident information (China or outside of China). Apart from providing the CGI reference Number, the customer needs to present a valid identification card when the paying visa fee over the counter. Above information will not be used for any commercial or marketing purposes.

Starting March 1, 2019, interviews for H and L visas will only be conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing or at one of the U.S. Consulates General in Guangzhou or Shanghai.  We will no longer be conducting H or L interviews at the U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu and Shenyang. 

On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that allows continued implementation of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P.).   Certain nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link.

NOTICE FOR VISA APPLICANTS WHO RESIDE IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION:  Individuals who normally reside in Russia, but who are unable to apply for a U.S. visa in a timely manner may submit their application at one of the U.S. visa-processing posts in China.  Applicants are not required to be a resident of China to apply for a visa at one of these posts, but must be physically present in China at the time of visa application and visa interview, as we cannot accept mail-in applications from individuals while they are outside of China.  All applicants should include a local address in China – hotel, relative, office – when scheduling an appointment for a visa interview.

As of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports are required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States. This update must be done every two years, or upon getting a new passport or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first. EVUS enrollment is available at this website. There is currently no fee for EVUS enrollment.  Until a fee is implemented, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information at this website.
(Published on November 2016)

Attention interview waiver applicants: As of January 27, the interview waiver criteria has changed, and if your previous visa expired more than 12 months ago, you must schedule an interview appointment. If you submit an ineligible application you may encounter delays while your documents are returned to you. Click here for more information about interview waiver.
(Published on January 27, 2017)

Visa photo requirement: Starting November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit this website.

Important Information about your Visa Application Form: Effective immediately, you must submit your COMPLETED DS-160 APPLICATION and upload your photo when you schedule your visa appointment. If you have previously applied for U.S. Visa, make sure you use the most current and valid DS-160 barcode. Failure to use the correct bar code will result in you being denied entry to the Embassy/Consulate and you will be required to reschedule your visa appointment. Applicants with applications that are partially completed or have been changed within 2 business days prior to the appointment, will also be required to reschedule their visa appointments.

Alipay and CITIC are both authorized to accept application fees for U.S. visas in the People’s Republic of China. CITIC and their branches are the only locations authorized by the U.S. Embassy to receive and return passports as a part of an application for a U.S. visa.  Applicants can also use EMS as a Premium Delivery Service to receive their application back from the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Embassy has not entered into any agreement with any other travel agencies and service providers for visa information and/or consultation services.

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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 Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, or Shenyang.

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