Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and the Proclamation signed on April 30, 2021:

-India (applicable to nonimmigrants only);
-South Africa;
-Brazil;
-The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
-The Republic of Ireland;
-The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
-The Islamic Republic of Iran;
-The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the Proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the Novel Coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. Please click on the link for additional information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-on-the-suspension-of-entry-as-nonimmigrants-of-certain-additional-persons-who-pose-a-risk-of-transmitting-coronavirus-disease-2019.html


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 February 3, 2020, nonimmigrant visa services, with limited exceptions, at the U.S Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates General in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang, are suspended due to the ongoing situation relating to the novel coronavirus. While some appointments may be available, intending travelers should note that on Sunday, February 2, 2020, Presidential Proclamation 9984 suspended entry for individuals who have been in China less than 14 days prior to their arrival in the U.S. More information about the Proclamation can be found on our website here . If during this period you have urgent travel that you believe may qualify for an exemption under the proclamation, please go to https://ustraveldocs.com/cn/index.html to submit an emergency appointment request. Please note if your urgent travel does not qualify under an exemption, your request will be denied until the proclamation is rescinded.


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.


Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021. Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee. Please keep in mind that Presidential Proclamation 9984, “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus,” remains in effect for applicants applying for visas in and traveling from China. More information about the Proclamation can be found on our website here.


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 policy is in effect until December 31, 2021. 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.


President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021.  Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.


On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.”  This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.  Click here from additional information.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure . Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here.


Visa Fee Validity Extended: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China understand that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, 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. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.


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.