The U.S. Consulate General for Hong Kong and Macau and the American Institute in Taiwan (“AIT”) resumed routine visa services on July 15, 2020.

The AIT will resume routine visa services but will prioritize F, M, and J visa applications, which is understandable as students will need to obtain visas quickly to travel to the U.S. in time for fall classes to begin.

The Hong Kong Consulate indicates it will resume ‘limited’ immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services but does not mentioned prioritizing students.

Both posts remind visa applicants that the presidential proclamations suspending entry to the U.S. for certain immigrant and non-immigrants are still in effect.  Both posts also advise applicants to expect extended waiting times to obtain appointments.

For assistance with applying for visas at these or other points around Asia, especially China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, contact us at and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and Taipei.