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US Embassy & Consulate Guangzhou
9:01 am June 16, 2020



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I heard on China Global Television that the Wuhan Consulate was opening to the public June 22. Any truth to this? I'm also hoping if Wuhan opens up that the Consulate in Guangzhou will also open to the public. I also read an article from CNN, I believe, that 23 Visa Application Centers were opening June 22 and Guangzhou was on that list. Does anybody know for sure.

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A little good news - Japan/Guam/Hawaii
12:07 am June 10, 2020



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This is a bit late but, good news for me and others needing Japan to relax a little. Hopefully things will get back to normal-ish soon.

  • "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas on Monday, ending the restrictions nationwide..."
  • JTB began booking tours to Hawaii, dates stating in mid-July.
    • Hawaii's mandatory 14-day quarantine is set to end June 30, 2020.
  • Guam will lift their mandatory 14-day quarantine starting July 1 for tourist from Japan, S. Korea, and Thailand.

Guam and Hawaii have a P.O.E. so anyone short on time from JP, SK, TH can take a nice trip.

Hopefully these changes will be reciprocal and Japan will let US passports, or at the least their own permanent residents, back in.



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Maiden name on the passport but married name on the order and DoD family card, Green card etc.
4:07 am June 7, 2020



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Hi, I'm about to move to South Korea with my husband under approval command sponsorship in 2 months, I went to the passport agent office on post a few days ago to apply for a A-3 visa for the tour, but the agent told me that since the name on my passport is not matching the name on the order and other IDs, I could not apply for the A-3 visa there. Therefore I wasn't able to submit my application there that day, right now I'm really nervous about what's gonna happen if I can't get that visa before August. Is there anyone had same situation before? I can't change the name on my passport at this moment due to all Chinese consulates shut down for the COVID19 pandemic , and they told me that they don't even know if they're gonna open back on this year. T-T Any help please.

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Interview Waiver updates - Please post
7:17 pm May 25, 2020


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Anyone got AOS interview waiver recently? Seeing the continued lockdown, more waivers should be on hand....fingers crossed.

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Missed deadline? Lawyer?
1:03 pm May 24, 2020



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Hi, everyone,

We are a married couple, a USC (me) and Frenchman living in China. We did the interview in Guangzhou for CR1 visa last May, but were missing some documents and had no time to get documents early enough before our residence permits expired, so we signed a year-long contract with a Chinese university and planned to get the green card in March this year. His criminal records and translations that we turned in at the interview all expired in November. Everything was closed in February, so we weren't able to get the criminal records and their notarized translations until just last month. However, the consulate we are working with in Guangzhou is still closed, so we can't send them the criminal record forms nor get the medical exam done (they need to give us a code since no interview appointment is needed).

After the failed interview, we were given a form that said if we failed to do all that they ask/turn in the forms (I assume that means sending them the forms they requested that we were missing on interview day because those items were what were listed on the form) within a year--by today, basically--that our case would be terminated.

Of course, it isn't our fault that we haven't been able to finish everything by now because everything was closed for so long--but we did send the (interview day) missing documents by the deadline.

So my questions are:

1) Did we technically miss the deadline because we didn't renew and send the expired documents and take the medical exam again?

2) Would a lawyer help us get the green card? Our deadline would be August 12th. If we can't meet that deadline, the lawyer would not be worth the fees.

I also want to note that we have tried many times to contact the consulate in Guangzhou to ask if the deadline will be extended because of the pandemic closing everything, and they have always answered by telling us to wait until they re-open again.

I'm sure we're not alone in how the wait and the uncertaintly are really eating away at us. Any response would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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