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H and L Visa Adjudications in China Restricted to Three Locations

Posted February 4, 2019Karen GillespieArticles

The Department of State announced that as of March 1, 2019, H and L visa interviews will only be conducted the following locations:

  • U.S. Embassy in Beijing
  • U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou
  • U.S. Consulate in Shanghai

This change reduces the number of available consulates for H and L visa interviews from five to three locations. The Department of State has implemented similar consolidations in other countries and this action appears to be part of a Department project to streamline consular operations. If examples from prior consolidations, such as in India, are any indicator then applicants seeking new or renewed H or L visas in China should expect longer wait times for an appointment.

We urge applicants to plan ahead when traveling internationally if a new or extended visa needs to be obtained regardless of country of origin, but this is now especially true for Chinese citizens. Such planning includes booking a consular appointment prior to exiting the U.S. and allowing at least 3 business days after your interview appointment for your visa to be processed. In emergency cases, where the wait time in China may be prohibitively long, please reach out to your Meltzer Hellrung attorney so that we can explore consular options in other countries or request expedited service if possible. Such options vary by individual and would be assessed at the time by your attorney.