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June 16, 2021

Info for nonimmigrant visa applicants regarding National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China:

Effective April 26, 2021, the Secretary of State approved several National Interest Exceptions to regional travel restrictions imposed under Presidential Proclamations aimed at addressing the threat to public health by the COVID-19 pandemic. These National Interest Exceptions are in addition to previous determinations made by the Secretary of State. Current restrictions allow us to expand appointments for applicants in certain nonimmigrant visa categories, including all F visas, certain J, M, C1/D visas, and for emergency, mission-critical, travelers providing vital support of critical infrastructure and job creation. We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. We will resume routine nonimmigrant visa services in all other categories as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Direct travel to the United States from Mainland China remains restricted under Presidential Proclamation 9984 for other travelers not covered by a National Interest Exception or exempted by a Presidential Proclamation. 

Information for visa applicants Immigrant Visa services for Mission China:

Immigrant visa services at our U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou are operating normally. For information about visa services at other U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, please visit usembassy.gov.

Information for visa applicants regarding MRV Fees:

The U.S. Mission to China understands that many visa applicants have paid their visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations, an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will resume full visa operations. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at USTravelDocs.com, or email support-china@ustraveldocs.com or contact the call center, to request an emergency appointment.

Information about the travel restrictions

  • For information about National Interest Exceptions and travel restrictions related to the current Presidential Proclamations, click here.
  • For frequently asked questions about visa processing during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
  • For up-to-date guidance on Department of State travel policies, click here.

How to Apply for National Interest Exception (NIE)

  • If you believe you may qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE) but do not yet have a U.S. visa, please email support-china@ustraveldocs.com or contact the call center for more information. For more information about qualifying for emergency or expedited Visa interviews, visit com.