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AmCham China Business Visa Program Introduction

This service, designed in cooperation with the US Embassy, allows qualified member companies of AmCham China to quickly and conveniently apply for US visas for their Chinese staff.

AmCham China Corporate Members and Corporate Associate can apply to enter the Business Visa Program.For U.S. companies, approval is based on: (1) a headquarters in the U.S and (2) a satellite office in China established at least one year prior.  For non-U.S. companies, any Fortune 2000 multinational with a China office open at least one year can join the BVP.After review and internal approval by AmCham, applications are provided to the US Embassy for review/approval every six months in January and June.  

AmCham China membership does not guarantee your participation in this program, nor assure applicants from your company will be granted a visa, as the decision rests solely with US Embassy officials. The Embassy reserves the right to call applicants in for personal interviews. Participation in the program does promise, however, to speed up the often tedious and time-consuming process of applying for a US visa.

Business Visa Service -- The Business Visa Service is designed to facilitate visa application processing and is solely for business travel by direct employees (and their immediate family members) of member companies who have been in their job for more than six months.It cannot be used by new hires nor by member companies’ customers, partners or affiliates.Immediate Family members (spouse and unmarried children age 21 and under) can participate in the program but must apply in conjunction with the employee.

Once an AmCham China member's application has been approved by the US Embassy and they have received the Official Permit Card, the member company can begin using the Business Visa Service. 

Business Visa Service members are expected to maintain careful records concerning visa applications submitted, and to report any irregularities to the US Embassy Visa Unit and AmCham China. 

For additional information on the Business Visa Programs, please contact AmCham China at visaservice@amchamchina.org or 8519 0890/0891.

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How to Apply for a US Visa Through the Business Visa Program

Once an AmCham China Member's application has been approved by the US Embassy and they have received the Official Permit Card, the member company can begin using the Business Visa Service.

*Please note:  

The US Embassy officials reserve the right to suspend or expel your company Business Visa Service privileges should there be any indication of fraudulent application information or misuse of the program. Please use the outmost care in reviewing application materials before submitting applications. 

Business Visa Service program members are expected to maintain careful records concerning visa applications submitted, and to report any irregularities to the US Embassy Visa Unit and AmCham China. 

Be sure to apply well in advance - apply at least 7 weeks before your planned travel dates to allow sufficient time for the processing of your visa. Applicants must allow time for special clearances, incomplete paperwork, and possible investigations. The earlier you can apply the better and please inform yourself of visa application requirements! 

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Steps for Applicants Who Do Require an Interview

The AmCham China Business Visa Program is for business travel only, not for personal travel. Spouses and children (unmarried children age 21 and under) accompanying an AmCham member company’s employee on a business trip can use the Business Visa Program, however, it is generally expected they should interview at the same times as the employee (children under 14 may not need to go to the U.S. Embassy for an interview).

If the spouse and children apply separately from the employee, they must have a copy of the employee’s current U.S. visa, Married Certificate and children's Certificate of Birth.

Applicants may submit your applications through the AmCham China Business Visa Program by the following process:

Step 1: Applicants who have not previously obtained a US visa or have a US visa that expired over 12 months ago must gather and complete the following documents:

1) Non-immigrant Visa Application Form Online DS-160 form (EVAF): The EVAF can be found from the following website: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.

Please note: After completing the form, print the confirmation page. We recommend you read the instructions carefully before beginning your application, please click here. If you need telecodes, please click here.

2) An invitation letter with company letterhead summarizing the purpose for travel, the relationship between company and the applicant, sponsor of the trip, and traveling period. The invitation letter may be an original or fax copy or photocopy. 

3) Travel Itinerary Form (one per applicant or each member of a group must have a copy of the group's itinerary).

4) Private passport(s) valid for at least 6 months after the applicant's planned return to China.

5) One photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view. Click for more information on photo requirements. Please use scotch tape to stick your photo on the front cover of your passport. Please find attached the "Photo Requirements" document.

As of November 1, 2016, all foreign passport holders who apply for U.S. visas and all American citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos.  We can no longer accept photographs of visa and U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances such as recent surgery that is documented with a signed statement from a medical professional. Applications that fail to meet these requirements will not be accepted and the applicants will be required to submit new conforming photos before their applications can be processed. To avoid delays in your travel, please ensure you are not wearing glasses in your visa or U.S. passport application photographs. Thank you for your cooperation.

6) AmCham China "Official Permit Card": Your messenger will not be accepted without the “Official Permit Card”.

Step 2: Send your messenger with above completed documents to the AmCham China office. Applications will only be accepted Monday through Friday 9:00 AM -11:00 AM AmCham China associates will provide an interview sheet for all applications received.
 
1) AmCham China Visa Service Center will provide you the visa application “Payment Voucher Number” which is generated by the U.S. government new processing system. Then you could process payment for the Visa Application Fee.
 
2) Visa Application Fee: With the “Payment Voucher Number” you can pay the Visa Service Fee in any of the following ways:
- At any CITIC ATM through Union Pay
- In cash at CITIC Bank
 
After processing the payment you will receive an email receipt for your payment. You need to print it out and included with all visa applicants.
 
* AmCham China is exploring ways to allow this payment to be made on site at its office for greater convenience.

 
Applicants for B1/B2 (tourist and business visitor) and J1 (exchange visitor) visas will pay an application fee of RMB 1,088.

Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of RMB 1,292. These categories include:

- H visa for temporary workers and trainees

- L visa for intracompany transferees (for individuals who are being transferred by their company in China to a branch or related company in the United States.) Certain L visas require additional fees. See the US Embassy’s website for the additional information.
Step 3: Applicants should visit the US Embassy Ritan Branch 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment time.

Address: No. 2 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai, Beijing

Please Note: Ritan Branch is only open to the official passport holders and AmCham China applicants.  During the busy season, the US Embassy may have F or other categories of visa applicants visit Ritan Branch as well.
 
- Applicants must also bring following documents to the US Embassy at the time of their interview:
* Company Working Card, Salary Certification, Business Card, I.D. Card and Resume (click here for a sample resume)

- Applicants should also bring as many of the following documents as possible to the US Embassy for their interview: 

* Bankbook, Car Purchase Contract, Real Estate Contract, Marriage Certificate, Registered Permanent Residence, Family Photo.

Interview applicants who visit the US for purchasing equipment/product: Applicants visiting the U.S. to purchase equipment/product will be asked to prepare additional documentation, in English, such as a contract, product/equipment description, export license number (if required) company description, etc. along with applicants’ detailed resumes.  In this case, the Visa Officers have a better idea of the purpose of applicants’ travel.

Step 4: AmCham China will notify you via e-mail when the passport is ready for pick-up from AmCham China. The applicants will pick up his/her passport from AmCham China or may have it returned by courier service.  If the applicant chooses to have the passport returned by courier. Applicants can track his/her passport’s delivery process by the tracking number provided by the EMS Express courier service through the EMS Express website (http://www.ems.com.cn). 
 
Please Note: There are certain risks during the courier delivery process, such as the risk that the passport may be lost or damaged. AmCham
China will not bear any legal responsibility for any of these occurrences.

If you would like to check the status of your visa application, you can visit the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website at https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx. You will need to input the barcode number (application ID) from your DS-160 application to access your case.

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Applicants who DO NOT Require an Interview 

If the spouse and children apply separately from the employee, they must have a copy of the employee’s current U.S. visa, Invitation Letter, Married Certificate and children's Certificate of Birth.
 
Applicants who have never had their visa marked “Clearance received” and are applying for the same type of U.S. visa that has expired within the past 12 months.

L1 renewal applicants (intra-company transferee) if you would like to use the drop-off service, only single-entry L visas, 3 month visas, will be issued through the service. If you would like multiple-entry visas, you should apply via appointment for an interview.
 
Step 1: Business Visa Program member company applicants should submit only the following documents to the AmCham China office:

1) Online DS-160 form (EVAF): The EVAF can be found from the following website: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. Please note: print the entire application then the confirmation page. We recommend you read the instructions carefully before beginning your application, please click here. If you need telecodes, please click here.
 
2) One photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view. Click for more information on photo requirements. Please use scotch tape to stick your photo on the front cover of your passport. Please find attached the “photo requirements” document.

As of November 1, 2016, all foreign passport holders who apply for U.S. visas and all American citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos.  We can no longer accept photographs of visa and U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances such as recent surgery that is documented with a signed statement from a medical professional. Applications that fail to meet these requirements will not be accepted and the applicants will be required to submit new conforming photos before their applications can be processed. To avoid delays in your travel, please ensure you are not wearing glasses in your visa or U.S. passport application photographs. Thank you for your cooperation.
 
3) An invitation letter with company letterhead summarizing the purpose for travel, the relationship between company and the applicant, sponsor of the trip, and traveling period. The invitation letter may be an original or fax copy or photocopy.

4)Travel Itinerary Form (one per applicant or each member of a group must have a copy of the group's itinerary).
 
5) Private Passport: Valid for at least 6 months after the applicant's planned return to China. If the applicant's previous visa on the previous passport, please provide the passport with the visa. 
 
6) AmCham China "Official Permit Card": Your messenger will not be accepted without the "Official Permit Card".
 
Step 2: Send your messenger with the above completed forms and documents to the AmCham China office. Applications will only be accepted Monday through Friday 9:00 AM-11:00 AM. 
 
1) AmCham China Visa Service Center will provide you the visa application “Payment Voucher Number” which is generated by the U.S. government new processing system. Then you could process payment for the Visa Application Fee.
 
2) Visa Application Fee: With the “Payment Voucher Number” you can pay the Visa Service Fee in any of the following ways:

- At any CITIC ATM through Union Pay 
- In cash at CITIC Bank
 
After processing the payment you will receive an email receipt for your payment. You will need to print it out and include with all visa applications.

* AmCham China is exploring ways to allow this payment to be made on site at its office for greater convenience.
 
Applicants for B1/B2 (tourist and business visitor) and J1 (exchange visitor) visas will pay an application fee of RMB 1,088.
Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of RMB 1,292. These categories include:
 
- H visa for temporary workers and trainees
- L visa for intracompany transferees (for individuals who are being transferred by their company in China to a branch or related company in the United States).  Certain L visas require additional fees. See the US Embassy's website  for additional information.
 
Step 3: The applicant's visa generally will be returned to the AmCham China office 2-4 working days (occasionally may take longer) after it is delivered to AmCham China. The applicant will then receive one of the following:
• Approved visas, passports, and application materials, or 
• Call-in slip for personal interview at the US Embassy, or 
• Notification that additional documents are required.
 
Step 4: AmCham China will notify you via e-mail when the passport is ready for pick-up from AmCham China. The applicants will pick up his/her passport from AmCham China or may have it returned by courier service.  If the applicant chooses to have the passport returned by courier. Applicants can track his/her passport’s delivery process by the tracking number provided by the EMS Express courier service through the EMS Express website (http://www.ems.com.cn). 
 
Please Note: There are certain risks during the courier delivery process, such as the risk that the passport may be lost or damaged. AmCham
China will not bear any legal responsibility for any of these occurrences.

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Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Service

Starting Nov. 29 last year, all Chinese nationals holding 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 visitor visas have been required to enroll online in the new Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) to enter the US. Those who don’t update their information will be refused entry to the US even if they hold a valid visa.

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US VISA Digital Photo Requirements - No Eyeglasses Policy

As of November 1, 2016, all foreign passport holders who apply for U.S. visas and all American citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos.  We can no longer accept photographs of visa and U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances such as recent surgery that is documented with a signed statement from a medical professional. Applications that fail to meet these requirements will not be accepted and the applicants will be required to submit new conforming photos before their applications can be processed. To avoid delays in your travel, please ensure you are not wearing glasses in your visa or U.S. passport application photographs. Thank you for your cooperation.

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What kind of Applicants Can Apply for a US Visa Through the Business Visa Program

Once an AmCham China Member's application has been approved by the U.S. Embassy and they have received the Official Permit Card, the member company can begin using the Business Visa Service.

Applicants can apply for B-1/2; C-1, J-1/2 and L-1/2 visa through AmCham China Business Visa Program. For more detailed information on US visa types, please click here.

The Business Visa Service is designed to facilitate visa application processing and is solely for business travel by direct employees of member companies who have been in their job for more than six months,they are eligible to apply for a visa through AmCham. New and recent hires should apply through the website at http://ustraveldocs.com/cn/cn-niv-visaapply.asp

Citizens of the following countries may travel to the US for short-term (90 days or less) tourist or business activities without a US Visa if they have machine readable passports (MRP): Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom.

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Basic Visa Categories

Non-immigrant visas are primarily classified according to the principal purpose of travel. With few exceptions, non-immigrants are restricted to the activity or reason for which their visa was issued.

REMEMBER: A visa is not a guarantee of entry into the United States. Under American law, a visa is simply permission to apply for entry into the United States. Persons issued a visa are subject to inspection at the port of entry by officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS officers allow entry to the great majority of applicants with visas, but they also have the authority to deny admission.

  • B1/2 Visa: The B1 visa is intended for temporary business travel, including travel for negotiating contracts, attending exhibitions and conferences, short-term training, and consultations with suppliers and customers, etc. 
  • C-1 Visa: Anyone planning to transit through the United States en route to another country must obtain a transit visa (C visa) or tourist visa (B2 visa) in advance of the planned travel. The transit visa (C visa) is issued to foreign nationals proceeding in immediate and continuous transit through the U.S to some foreign destination. In most cases, an applicant who qualifies for a transit visa will also qualify for, and receive, a B1/B2 (business and tourism) visa instead. Travelers who have a valid B1/B2 do not need a special transit (C) visa to transit through the U.S.  Countries of the Visa Waiver Program are exempt. 
  • J-1 Visa: The J exchange visitor program is designed to promote the interchange of persons, knowledge, and skills in the fields of education, arts, and sciences. Participants include students at all academic levels; trainees obtaining on-the-job training with firms, institutions, and agencies; teachers of primary, secondary, and specialized schools; professors coming to teach or do research at institutions of higher learning; research scholars; professional trainees in the medical and allied fields; and international visitors coming for the purpose of travel, observation, consultation, research, training, sharing, or demonstrating specialized knowledge or skills, or participating in organized people-to-people programs. J1 and J2 visitors may be issued visas at any time before the beginning of their programs.  The Embassy recommends that J applicants apply for their visas as early as possible to leave ample time for the necessary visa processing.  However, exchange visitors may not enter the United States earlier than 30 days before the initial program start date.  Applicants continuing on an exchange visitors program are not subject to this restriction. 
  • H Visa: The H visa is intended for temporary employment in the United States.  For most H applicants, the visa is valid for two entries within three months.  Chinese applicants do not have to pay additional H visa issuance fees.  Nationals of other countries may have to pay an additional H visa issuance fee, depending on their country of origin. 
  • L Visa: The L visa is for individuals who are being transferred by their company in China to a branch or related company in the United States.  Applicants must intend to fill a managerial or executive position, or have specialized knowledge, and have been continuously employed by the same employer or a related company for at least one of three years immediately preceding the visa application.  For most L applicants, the visa is valid for multiple entries within one year or two years, depending on the period of time specified on the applicant’s L petition approval notice.  If the visa is approved, each Chinese L applicant must pay an additional $120 USD visa issuance fee at the time of the visa interview.  This means, for example, if one principal L-1 applicant is traveling with two family members who are applying for L-2 visas, the family must pay a total of $360 USD in visa issuance fees.  In addition to the visa issuance fee, if the principal applicant applying for an L-1 visa under “blanket” L visa provisions, the applicant must pay an additional $500 “fraud prevention and detection fee” at the time of their visa interview.  This means, using the example of the family above, a family of three people applying under the L blanket provisions must pay a total of $860 USD in issuance fees (this fee is different and in addition to the application fee of 1,254 RMB per applicant). 

Documentation which demonstrates compelling ties outside the U.S. which will insure the traveler will depart the U.S. after their temporary stay. 
 
For B-1/2 (Business) Visas: Documentation pertaining to the business to be conducted, eg. Invitation Letter. Leave approval by the company.
 
For C-1 (Transit) Visas: A valid visa to the onward destination.
 
For J-1 (Exchange Visitor) Visas: DS-2019 Form.
 
For L-1 (Intercompany Transfer) Visas: I-797 Form, I-129 Form, additional application fee USD 620.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a visa?

If you're a citizen of a foreign country, in most cases you'll need a visa to enter the United States. 

A visa does not permit entry to the United States.  A visa simply indicates that your application has been reviewed by a U.S. consular officer at an American embassy or consulate, and that the officer has determined you are eligible to enter the United States for a specific purpose.   Consular affairs are the responsibility of the U.S. Department of State.

A visa allows you to travel to the United States as far as the port of entry (airport or land border crossing) and ask the immigration officer to allow you to enter the country. Only the immigration officer has the authority to permit you to enter the United States. He or she decides how long you can stay for any particular visit. Immigration matters are the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 
 
2. How long before my planned travel date should I apply for a visa?

Because of significant demand for U.S. visas, there is usually a wait for visa interview appointments. If you need a visa interview, you may have to wait at least five working days for an appointment.  Additionally, your visa may not be issued for a period of time because of post-interview processing. When additional administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case, but usually takes between 6 to 7 weeks. Therefore, we encourage all visa applicants to make an appointment as far in advance of their anticipated travel plans as possible. If you are a frequent traveler or someone who may be required to travel on short notice, we encourage you to keep your visa valid and apply to renew your current visa before it expires. 
 
3. Duration of Stay: How long can I stay in the United States?

If you are allowed to enter the U.S., the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official will determine the length of your visit on the Arrival-Departure Record  (Form I-94). Since Form I-94 documents your authorized stay in the U.S., it’s very important to keep it with your passport. Please carefully consider the dates of your authorized stay and make sure you are following the procedures under U.S. immigration laws. It is important that you depart the U.S. on or before the last day you are authorized to be in the U.S. on any given trip, based on the specified end date on your Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94. Failure to depart the U.S. will cause you to be out-of-status.  Being out of status could affect your eligibility to obtain visas in the future.  Please refer to the https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ website for additional information.
 
4. What is “visa validity?” What does the word “Entries” mean on the visa? 

“Visa validity” generally means that the visa is valid, or can be used from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel of the same purpose.  To determine how often you may travel to the US on that particular visa, please look to how many entries you were given. 
The visa validity is the length of time within which you are permitted to present your visa to a U.S. immigration inspector and request permission to enter at a United States port-of-entry.  The visa does not guarantee entry to the U.S.  The expiration date for the visa should not be confused with the authorized length of your stay in the U.S., given to you by the U.S. immigration inspector at port-of-entry, on the Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94, or I-94W for the Visa Waiver Program.  The visa expiration date has nothing to do with the authorized length of your stay in the U.S. for any given visit.  
 
5. What can I do if the company Official Permit Card is lost?

To make a new card, the company is required to present a company formal certification letter.

Questions on Visa Issuance & Denial 

1. How do you decide whether or not to issue a visa?

Section 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act states: Every alien is presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to nonimmigrant status... 

To qualify for non-immigrant visas, applicants must meet the requirements of U.S. immigration law. Failure to do so will result in a refusal of a visa under Section 214(b). The most frequent basis for such a refusal is failure to overcome the requirement that applicants must possess a residence abroad he/she has no intention of abandoning. Applicants prove the existence of such residence by demonstrating that they have ties abroad that would compel them to leave the U.S. at the end of their temporary stay. The law places this burden of proof on each individual applicant.   
 
2. What are strong ties?

Strong ties differ from country to country, city to city, individual to individual. "Ties" are the various aspects of a person's life that bind them to their country or residence: possessions, employment, social and family relationships. Some examples of ties can be a person's job and income, a house or apartment, a car, close family relationships, bank accounts, etc. Consular officers are trained to look at each application individually and consider professional, social, cultural and other factors. With younger applicants who may not have had an opportunity to form many ties, consular officers may look at the applicant's specific intentions, family situations and long-range plans and prospects within his or her country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law. 
 
3. Why do all the refused applicants get the same letter of explanation as to why they were turned down?

 In most cases where an applicant is denied a visa, the applicant fails to show that he or she has strong enough ties outside the U.S. to convince the officer that the applicant will depart the United States after a temporary period. Many refused applicants believe there is a special document or a special way to answer questions that will enable them to successfully reapply for a visa days or weeks later. However, as the problem for applicants refused under section 214(b) lies in their overall situation, no single answer or document exists which would prove satisfactory in all cases. Applicants are encouraged to reapply only when their overall circumstances have changed. For example, an unemployed recent graduate may decide to reapply following a sustained period of steady employment.  
 
4. Why are the visa interviews so short? I was refused after only a couple of questions and the interviewer hardly looked at my documents?

Visa officers handle thousands of applications every year. Based on this experience, they are able to quickly review the application form and supporting documents in order to narrow the range in which questions may need to be asked. Keep in mind, much of the necessary information required to make a decision is already supplied on the application form itself, so there is usually no need for the officer to ask more than a few additional questions. 
 
5. When I applied for a visa, I told the officer I would return to China after a short stay in the US. Why didn't the officer believe me?

Visa officers are required to evaluate the applicants overall situation in reaching a decision. Statements indicating that the applicant intends to return to China are helpful, but under the requirements of U.S. law the statement alone is not adequate to show that they qualify for a visa.  
 
6. How long do refused applicants have to wait before reapplying?

There is no time restriction on resubmitting an application after a refusal. If additional information or supporting documentation is available which may further demonstrate an applicant’s qualifications for a visa, an application may be resubmitted.  

7. I brought all my documents, but my application was turned down anyway. What else should I bring?

The problem is not the documents. Rather, the applicants’ current overall situation (as supported by those documents) was not adequate to overcome the presumption that he or she is an intending immigrant. Remember, U.S. law says that all applicants for nonimmigrant visas are intending immigrant until they show that their overall circumstances would be adequate to compel their return home after visiting the U.S.  
 
8. If I am denied a visa, would it help to have a high ranking official or an American friend contact the embassy?

No. United States law assigns the responsibility for issuance or refusal of visas to consular officers overseas. They have the final say on all visa cases. Additionally, United States law is designed to insulate the decisions in visa cases from outside influences. An applicant can influence a reversal of a prior denial only through presentation of new convincing evidence of strong ties.  

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The US Embassy Closure Notice

Beijing's Nonimmigrant Visa Unit Closure Notices

The Embassy, including the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit, is scheduled to be closed on the following dates in observance of year 2017 official American and Chinese holidays.                                                         

January 1-2       Sun-Mon       New Year’s Day
January 16        Monday       Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
January 27-31      Fri-Tue       Chinese (Lunar) New Year
February 20       Monday       Presidents’ Day
April 4          Tuesday       Tomb Sweeping Day
May 1           Monday       International Labor Day
May 29           Monday       Memorial Day
May 30           Tuesday      Dragon Boat Festival
July 4           Tuesday      Independence Day
September 4       Monday       Labor Day
October 1-6       Sun-Fri       Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival
October 9         Monday       Columbus Day
November 10       Friday       Veterans Day
November 23 Thursday      Thanksgiving Day
December 25  Monday Christmas Day

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AmCham China Business Visa Service Fee will be Increased to RMB 450 

Dear AmCham China Business Visa Program Members, 

2014 has been a busy year in the AmCham China Business Service Center and by year end, we will have processed over 6,000 renewal applications.  We are also pleased to report that the success rate for visas processed by AmCham is 96%, and the waiting time for renewal applications through AmCham China has remained around 2-4 working days, almost 2 weeks shorter than the regular channel; typically a 2 to 3 week waiting period.

Please note that effective January 1, 2015, the Business Visa Program application service fee will be increased to RMB 450 per application. Despite the increase we are pleased to let you know that although our office rental cost increased by 36% in November 2014, we have and will continue to manage our costs to minimize the pass through cost impact to the Visa Program members. 

We understand the critical value this program provides to your business, and strive to be your most efficient and effective channel to the US Embassy visa process. We look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality service to you from our Business Visa Service Center.

Sincerely,

AmCham-China Business Visa Service Center Staff

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