NOTICE: Upcoming visa appointment? Please note our policy:
If you arrive up to 30 minutes before or after your appointment time, we will admit you for your interview. If you are more than 30 minutes late (or more than 15 minutes late for any appointments after 5:00 p.m. or after 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays), you may be asked to reschedule your interview for another day. Please be on time!
We have made significant progress and issued most of the delayed visas worldwide. We are working to bring our systems back to full operational capacity.
We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays.
Please check with the embassy or consulate where you will apply for additional information.
Please see our FAQs for further information.
The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.
Current Visa wait times
NOTICE: Students and Exchange Visitors Can Now Make Appointments at Ritan branch - No.2 Xiu Shui East Road
Students and Exchange Visitors: When scheduling your appointment, please be sure to check the Ritan branch calendar for additional appointment availability. We currently offer student and exchange visitor visa interviews at both the Embassy and Ritan branch locations.
The only website authorized to make visa appointments in China is http://www.ustraveldocs.com. This site contains all of the information about the U.S. visa process.
NOTICE: Two Locations for Visa Interviews
If no appointments are available for your particular visa category at the Embassy, remember to check the Ritan branch for appointment availability (and vice versa). The location you select is the location you must go to on the day of your interview.
The Embassy: 55 Anjia Lou Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing
Ritan branch: No. 2 Xiu Shui East Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing
NOTICE: Petition-based visa interview locations and fee payment
Please check both the Embassy and the Ritan branch for appointment availability. Also, please note that certain petition-based applicants may be required to pay visa reciprocity fees. The reciprocity fees can be found here. If your appointment is at the Embassy, you may pay your reciprocity fee with cash or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, or Discover; U.S. dollars only). If your appointment is at Ritan, please be prepared to pay the reciprocity fee by credit card only. Cash and debits cards are not accepted at Ritan.
Attention: Between April 14 and April 30, we are unable to process credit card transactions due to the technical issues. During this period of time, we accept cash payment only at the Embassy.
For information about making an appointment, paying fees and passport pick-up, please contact our Call Center at 010-56794700 or go to http://www.ustraveldocs.com/
To check your visa or passport status, please visit
If you need your passport back while your case is undergoing administrative processing, please contact us via our web form:
Map to the Embassy
NIV CLOSURE NOTICE
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit will be closed to the public on the following working days:
Please click here for all closure notices.
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