Consular Services in China Suspended due to COVID-19

Updated: U.S. Embassy and Consulates Resume Visa Services (Jan 3, 2023)

Consular Sections at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and Consulates Guangzhou and Shenyang will resume routine consular services on January 3. Consulate General Wuhan has resumed providing limited U.S. citizen services. Shanghai will continue operating in emergency operations status until further notice. Please note that the number of appointments available for routine services will be based on staffing.

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ALERT: U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China suspend routine visa operations due to COVID-19 

On December 16, 2022, the U.S. Mission in China has suspended some or all routine visa services due to the operational impacts caused by the surge in COVID-19 cases. 

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OIA recognizes this may have an impact on international students and scholars who are either applying for a visa to begin their studies or research at the University of Chicago, or those who traveled home over the winter break and needed to apply for a visa. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page once additional information is available.

Please note that the University cannot intervene in an individual's application for a U.S. visa. If your planned arrival or travel is impacted by these closures, we recommend you communicate your specific situation with your academic program or hiring/hosting unit directly. 

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