The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Mission China have announced changes to consolidate the processing of employment-based H and L visa applications in China for foreign nationals seeking to work in the United States. Effective March 1, 2019, interviews for H and L visa applicants will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai. These services will be discontinued at the Chengdu and Shenyang consular locations.

DOS stated that these changes are being made due to the volume and complexity of H and L visa cases and in an effort to ensure that the agency has the proper resources and expertise to properly and efficiently process H and L visa applications.

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