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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

The Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China, announced that beginning December 19, 2022, it will be closed for regular visa services until further notice due to limited resources.  The unit will notify the public once it is able to resume normal immigrant visa (IV) operations and will communicate with IV applicants to reschedule their canceled appointments. 

A web form is available to submit questions, although response times are expected to be delayed.

The U.S. Mission in China also announced that due to the surge of COVID-19 infections across China, the U.S. embassy in Beijing and the U.S. consulate in Shanghai are providing passport and emergency citizen services only. The U.S. consulates in Wuhan, Shenyang, and Guangzhou will only provide emergency consular services until further notice.

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