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How can we expedite our passport approval at Guangzhou Consulate?

My family and I were approved at our EB-5 immigrant visa interview in Guangzhou, but the consulate has been processing our passports for over 1.5 months. I have checked with my attorney and every time he makes an inquiry, the consulate simply says they are still processing our passports. This had caused hardship financially for us, and academically for my child who was attending school in the United States. Is this consulate processing time normal? How can we find out what is causing the delay? Is there any way to expedite our documents?

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    Steffanie J Lewis

    Immigration Attorney
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    Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after your interview with a consular officer. You will be advised of this possibility during your interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 30-60 days of your visa interview. When additional administrative processing is required, the length of processing time will vary based on the circumstances of each case. Before inquiring about your visa status, you or your representative must wait at least 60-120 days from the date of your interview or the submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

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    J Bruce Weinman

    Immigration Attorney
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    By passport I assume you mean visa? You can contact a senator or representative, but that is probably a waste of time. There is not really much you can do. Go down there and try to speak to a supervisor.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can contact a U.S. Senator's office, which will be able to make inquiries on your behalf.

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    Lei Jiang

    Immigration Attorney
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    Not much you can do in this situation. There is no way to expedite your document.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    Unfortunately the answer is probably no. The U.S. Department of State is in control of the visa process at the consulate and I have never found any way other than having a Congressman send an inquiry, that would speed up the process.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    You may wish to have a U.S. congressional office (U.S. senator or representative) assist you and make a formal inquiry to the U.S. consulate. Sometimes this helps when there is an unexplained delay or lack of information from the embassy/consulate.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Because the Guangzhou consulate is the only office in all of China - with over a billion people - that can process immigrant visa applications, it is one of the slowest consulate offices for processing times. I would urge you to be patient as there is only so much an attorney can do to request expediting of the process.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    If your case is in administrative processing there is no way to know how long this will take.

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    Oliver Huiyue Qiu

    Immigration Attorney
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    Maybe it is worthwhile to have your attorney look into whether the kind of "hardship" you mentioned meets the standard for expedited processing. Or maybe the regional center could write to the consulate for an update.

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    Ian E Scott

    Immigration Attorney
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    This can be normal and there is not really anything you can do except to follow up with the consulate. You would be best served by letting your lawyer follow as they think appropriate.

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    Kyle Barella

    Immigration Attorney
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    Unfortunately, each embassy operates on their own time table. There is no true expedition process. It appears your attorney is doing the right thing by keeping the pressure on.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, there are ways to expedite the visa processing, but that is best done through an experienced immigration attorney. There will probably never be an explanation provided to you as to the delay, but retaining experienced attorneys is essential for this process.

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    Yevgeny Samokhleb

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no formal way to expedite the matter, except to make a written request by letter. The standard for expediting is very high and very rarely granted. You must have a financial, medical, or other humanitarian emergency of an extreme degree. Your best bet is just to wait a little longer.

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