May 18, 2004
Due to Chinese government action, which resulted in the closure of the visa information and appointment call center, consular posts in China are unable to schedule appointments for visa interviews. When the appointments that had been scheduled on or before April 23 are exhausted, applicants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. The dates for such a turnover in procedure will vary from post to post. We advise that prospective visa applicants refer to each post's website, where additional information and specific instructions on visa interview procedures are posted and regularly updated. The State Department is in discussion with Chinese authorities and hope the Chinese government will authorize an expeditious re-opening of the call center.