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Non-Immigrant Visas

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!

Current Visa wait times

Visa processing generally takes one week, but can take up to several months.  In order to avoid unnecessary delays, we urge applicants to apply early and make sure they bring all required documents to the interview.

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.

Beware of Imposter or Fraudulent Websites

The only website authorized to make visa appointments in China is 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.

The Embassy: 55 Anjia Lou Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing
Ritan branch: No. 2 Xiu Shui East Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing


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