On February 7, 2020, the official website with the U.S. mission visa information in China (http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/cn/index.html?firstTime=No) announced that as of February 3, 2020, regular visa services at the U.S. embassy in Beijing and the consulates general in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang will be discontinued. The announcement further states that the US embassy and consulates in China have very limited staff and may not be able to respond to requests for regular visa services. Individuals with urgent travel needs may receive limited emergency appointments that are eligible for exemption under the President’s Coronavirus Declaration of February 2 (i.e., lawful permanent residents; spouses and children (unmarried and under the age of 21) of US citizens or permanent residents) , Parents, or legal guardians of U.S. citizens or permanent residents if the U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents are unmarried and under the age of 21, siblings of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents if the U.S. citizens or legitimate permanent residents are unmarried and under 21). Persons who have urgent travel needs and qualify under the exemption of the President’s Proclamation can contact https: // ustraveldocs / com / cn / index / html to make an emergency appointment request or to ask your GT lawyers for assistance.
According to this announcement, unless otherwise stated in other communications, all dates scheduled for immigration and non-immigration visas in the coming weeks will be canceled. Applicants for immigration and non-immigration visas, including EB-5 immigrant visa applicants, with scheduled interview appointments in the coming weeks should expect cancellation notifications shortly. Please contact your GT lawyer if you have any questions about cancellation and postponement. Please note that given the limited staff that the US Embassy and Consulates work with, we do not currently expect timely responses to rescheduling requests. We will monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
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