A US government official has said the United States has taken steps to improve its consular services in Shanghai and other cities by deploying more consular officers, increasing support staff and upgrading office facilities to meet the growing demand for visas yesterday.
Michael Kirby, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consulate Affairs, announced the measures at a news briefing in Shanghai yesterday.
A new consular office building is being built in Guangzhou and is expected to be in operation in a couple of years and would benefit US visa applicants not only in Guangzhou but also from nearby regions.
Shanghai, home to one of the busiest US consular service offices in China, is also to increase the service capacity of its consular office.
Shanghai Daily reported that across China as a whole, 8 out of 10 Chinese applicants are receiving their non-immigrant visas to America and the rate is even higher in Shanghai, which has the top visa approval rate of all cities offering US consular services, Kirby said. Most of these visas are for students.