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Dec. 19: U.S. Consulates Closed in China

U.S. visa services in Beijing, Wuhan, Shenyang, and Guangzhou have been temporarily suspended due to COVID conditions. The recent alert indicates that previously scheduled appointments at the Consulate General in Shanghai may honored. The situation is fluid, however, and may change across China during December and January. If you are in the process of applying for a new or renewed U.S. visa stamp and have received a cancellation notice, we recommend that you reschedule your appointment at the earliest opportunity.

We do not know how long the temporary suspension will last. We recommend that you monitor the website of the U.S. embassy and consulates in China for information about when visa services may resume. If you are planning travel to China and will require a new visa stamp to return to the United States, be aware that this suspension of visa services will reduce the availability of appointments for visa renewals even after services begin again, and may complicate your return.

You are not required to renew your visa stamp if you already have an appropriate visa (e.g., F-1, J-1, H-1B) that will remain valid through the date of your return to the U.S.

Please contact us if your arrival or return to Cornell will be impacted or if you have questions about your situation.