State Department Consolidates Processing of H and L Visa Applications in China

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

The U.S. Department of State recently announced plans to consolidate the processing of L and H visa applications for Chinese foreign nationals seeking work in the U.S.

What Changes Were Announced?

The final change is as follows:

  • Starting March 1, 2019, H and L visa interviews will only be conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing or the U.S. Consulates General in Guangzhou or Shanghai
  • The State Department will no longer conduct H or L visa interviews at the U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu or Shenyang

Visa applicants should be aware that this change may result in increased visa interview wait times at the embassy/consulates in Beijing, Guangzhou, and/or Shanghai, and plan their travels/applications accordingly.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Andrew McCusker, an Associate Attorney at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.