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Non-Immigrant Visa
All visa applicants must schedule an appointment for the interview trough the Visa Information Center (+86) (21) 3881-4611. The Visa Information Call Center is a user-pay service and the charge is 54 RMB for 12 minutes or 36 RMB for eight minutes. Any unused minutes can be reused at a later time or transferred to another party. All nonimmigrant visas are issued on the same day of the final interview.

All NIV applicants must submit the following documents when applying for a non-immigrant visa:

  • Complete two application forms DS-156, one in Chinese and one in English
  • All applicants 16 years of age and older must complete two application forms DS-157, one in Chinese and one in English
  • F, J, M applicants and their dependents must complete two DS-158 forms, one in Chinese and one in English
  • Two recent color passport-sized photographs (2" x 2"). The photograph of each passport or visa applicant must be an unmounted full face photo, taken within the past six months. A "full face" photo is one in which the applicant is facing the camera directly. The applicant should not be looking down or to either side, and the face should cover about 50% of the area of the photo. Although variations in hair styles and in head coverings (see discussion below) make it difficult to rigorously define the term "face," in general, the head of the applicant, including both face and hair, should be shown from crown of the head to tip of chin on top and bottom and from hair line side-to-side. It is preferable that ears be exposed. The key requirement is that the photograph clearly identify the applicant.
  • Passport endorsed for travel abroad and valid for return to China or re-entry into another country. Business travelers, tourists, and other short-term visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure from the U.S.
  • Non-refundable application fee of RMB 830 payable at designated branches of CITIC Bank. Both copies of the CITIC Bank fee receipt must be included with all visa applications.

Immigrant Visa
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing only processes nonimmigrant visas for travel to the United States.  For information on immigrant or fiancÚ visas, please visit the website of the American Consulate General in Guangzhou.  For information concerning immigrant visas for adopted children, please visit the Guangzhou Consulate General's Adopted Children Immigrant Visa Unit website. You may also get general information about immigrant visas by contacting the Visa Information Call Center at (86) 4008-872-333 if calling from China or (86-21) 3881-4611 if calling from overseas.
More information on U.S. immigrant visas may be found on the Department of State's Consular web page.

Attorney Representation
There is no right to counsel. However, legal counsel may discuss cases with the nonimmigrant visas (NIV) Chief or an officer in person at the embassy on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons between 4:00 pm - 5 pm. Legal counsel may send inquiries on cases by fax. Officers do not take telephone calls from counsel.

Contact Information
American Embassy
Consular Section
3 Xiu Shui Bei Jie
Beijing 100600 people's Republic of China

To make a nonimmigrant visa appointment from within China, please call the Visa Information Call Center at 4008-872-333, or call local Shanghai number (021) 3881-4611. To make an appointment from within the United States, please call the Visa Information Call Center at (86-21) 3881-4661.

Main: (+86) (10) 6532-3431
Fax: (+86) (10) 6532-3178
Information Unit: (+86) (21) 3881-4611 



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