The State Department’s Office of Inspections has reviewed visa-related operations at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, and here are the key findings:
* The consular section provides services in an “efficient, customer friendly manner."
* The 2011 workload included about 3600 immigrant visas and 65,000 nonimmigrant visas. The post is not busy.
* Most nonimmigrant visa applicants are qualified, and the issuance rate exceeds 95%. Hong Kong is not a high-fraud post.
* English is the primary language used during interviews; Cantonese 10-12% of the time; and Mandarin only 5%.
Is this consistent with your experience in Hong Kong?
Gary Chodorow is a lawyer in Beijing representing companies, investors, and families in U.S. and China visa, immigration, and nationality matters. Schedule a consultation in person in Beijing, by phone, or Skype.