Consulate General of the United States of America
Consular Section
1038 West Nanjing Road,
Westgate Mall, 8th floor

May 25, 2016

The safety of our youngest visa applicants is one of the U.S. Consulate General’s highest priorities.  Therefore, all applicants under the age of 14 applying for a nonimmigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai must be accompanied by an adult.

This policy is only applicable to children who are required to come in for an interview.  All children under the age of 14 who qualify for the drop box program and do not require an interview should submit their applications via CITIC Bank.  Children who must come in for a visa interview include prospective students applying for F-1 visas, exchange visitors applying for J-1 visas, children who have previously been refused a U.S. visa and children who are not citizens or residents of China.  Due to high visa demand, the Consular Section will not be able to approve requests from adults wishing to accompany applicants under the age of 14 who are able to apply through the drop box program.

Adults who are not applying for their own visa must notify Consulate staff of their intention to accompany a child under the age of 14 at least two business days in advance of the child’s interview.  These individuals may contact us through our visa services center or our website webform.  The request should include the accompanying adult’s name, passport number and date of birth, along with the name, passport number and date of birth of the visa applicant, as well as their visa appointment time.

Both the visa applicant and the accompanying adult will be refused entry into the visa unit if the accompanying adult does not provide the requested information to the U.S. Consulate at least two business days in advance of the child’s interview.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.