The US Consulate General in Shanghai opened on Monday an expanded consular section that can handle 50 percent more visa applications, the Shanghai Daily reported. The section has grown from 12 to 28 service windows to meet the growing demand for visa services in Shanghai and surrounding areas, consular officials were quoted as saying. The facility can handle about 600,000 applications a year, the report said. The Shanghai office is the seventh-largest US consular section in the world, according to the report.
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