07.21.10

U.S. Embassy in China allowing Forum Shopping

Posted in visa at 7:14 pm by Lalita Haran

Visa applications by Chinese residents could now be made at any of the Consular sections in China irrespective of the place of residence of the applicant. The Consular sections at Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang or at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing could now entertain such applications from anywhere in China. This welcome change could help Chinese residents avoid the strict standards imposed at some centers.

Generally, foreign nationals are required to apply for a non immigrant visa at a specific consular post abroad having jurisdiction over the foreign national’s place of residence. This is done to prevent forum shopping at a Consular post i.e. prefer a post that is likely to grant favorable result.

Consequently, forum shopping is now allowed in China.