The Chinese Embassy may require certain former foreign nationals to appear in person at the embassy to apply for a Chinese visa.
If your current U.S passport shows your place of birth as one of the countries listed below the embassy could request that you make a personal appearance to be fingerprinted and interviewed as part of the visa application process.
Once you have completed the interview process and supplied any required additional documentation requested the visa processing time can extend to up to 3 months in some cases.
Nationalities that may be required to appear in person are:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, France, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Libya, Lebanon, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen.
This list and or information is subject to change without prior notice.