China USA Travel
China USA Travel was incorporated in 2008 to capitalize on the growing number of Chinese interested in travel to the United States. The company soon discovered that increasing Chinese visitors to the U.S. would require two major problems to be solved. First, the demand for travel to the U.S. exceeded the availability of U.S. consular officers who conducted the mandatory visa interviews required of all Chinese visa applicants. As a consequence Chinese visa applicants had to wait over 3 months for an interview appointment. Second, China has over 160 cities with over one million people but only 5 have a U.S. consulate office where the visa interviews are conducted. Not surprisingly, if they were vacationers, they chose to travel elsewhere.
China USA Travel has worked closely with the US Travel Association (USTA) to solve these two problems. Regarding the first problem, the wait time to get a visa interview appointment has been reduced to 7 days. As a result of our efforts to highlight this problem the Bureau of Consular Affairs now hires Limited Non-career Appointment (LNA) consular officers to solve the problem of staffing to meet interview demand.
We are currently working to solve the problem of too few interview locations by advocating for Congressional approval of videoconferencing visa interviews. This would enable the creation of videoconferencing visa interview centers in the top 100 cities in China that would localize the visa interview process. Visa applicants would no longer have to travel up to 1000 miles for a three minute interview.