U.S. Embassy/Consulates In China Announce Visa Services Suspended For Non-U.S. Citizens – effective December 15, 2022

U.S. Embassy/Consulates In China Announce Visa Services Suspended For Non-U.S. Citizens – effective December 15, 2022

Based on an alert posted over the weekend by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Mission China, effective December 15, 2022 the U.S. Embassy and Consular Offices in China have suspended all services, except those to handle emergencies for U.S. citizens, and has cancelled scheduled appointments.  This action is taken in response to the COVID-19 surge in China.  No date has been given for when services will resume. 

The Alert is available here: https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/alert-update-from-u-s-mission-china-consular-services-for-december-15-2022/

If you have a scheduled interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy or one of the U.S. Consulates in China, it is recommended that you contact them at the email address for the consular post provided in the Alert to confirm if your appointment is still active or if you will need to reschedule your interview.

The MIT International Students Office (ISO) and MIT International Scholars Office (ISchO) will post any updates as they are received.

If you have any questions or concerns about how this may impact you, please reach out to your advisor at the ISO or ISchO.

The full text of the Alert is also being copied below:

December 16, 2022


Update from U.S. Mission China Consular Services for December 15, 2022

Due to the operational impacts caused by the surge of COVID-19 infections across China, U.S. Embassy Beijing and U.S. Consulate General Shanghai are providing passport and emergency citizen services only.  U.S. Consulates General Wuhan, Shenyang, and Guangzhou will only be providing emergency consular services until further notice. Please go to  https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/services/ for more information on emergency consular services.  All routine Visa Services, with the exception of some previously scheduled for Consulate General Shanghai — are temporarily suspended; all regularly scheduled appointments at Embassy Beijing and the other Consulates General have been canceled.

NIV applicants can reschedule their appointment for a later date by following the instructions at  https://www.ustraveldocs.com/cn/cn-niv-visaapply.asp .  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

IV applicants with questions should contact us at https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/visas/immigrant-visas/immigrant-visa-unit-question/

The Mission uses the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to send messages and updates to U.S. citizens in the community.  To receive these messages, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to register in STEP at https://step.state.gov/ .

In case of emergency, please reach out to the Embassy or Consulate General in your consular district by calling +(86)(10) 8531-4000.  Further information can also be found at https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/contact/ and emailing:

Embassy Beijing:                       BeijingACS@state.gov

Consulate General Guangzhou: GuangzhouACS@state.gov

Consulate General Shanghai:     ShanghaiACS@state.gov

Consulate General Shenyang:    ShenyangACS@state.gov

Consulate General Wuhan:        WuhanACS@state.gov