General Information on Immigrant Visa Services
Rainy and Typhoon Season
The annual rainy and typhoon season has begun and is expected to last until November. Please be advised that if Black Rainstorm Warning OR Typhoon Signal 8 or above is announced by the Hong Kong Observatory, the Consulate General will be closed. In such a situation, please see "Consular Services During the Rainy and Typhoon Season" for details.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigrant Fee
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. This fee is in addition to all other fees currently in place such as the visa application fee. This fee cannot be paid at the U.S. Consulate General. It must be paid online after the individual has received a visa and visa package.
The following are exempt from this fee:
- Children travelling to the United States as adopted children or prospective adopted children
- Returning residents
- Fiancés issued K visas
The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:
Eligible visa applicants will be informed of available methods for passport delivery and/or pick-up after the visa interview.
Important Information on the Legal Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence
Important information on the rights and protections for foreign-citizen spouses and fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
If you are an applicant for an immigrant visa to the United States as the spouse or fiancé(e)s of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, please carefully read the information on the State Department's website concerning your legal rights. We understand you may not be familiar with laws in this country. We want you to know, under all circumstances, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse are illegal in the United States and that all people in the United States are guaranteed protection under law from abuse. The State Department has published information on your rights and protections in the U.S. as well as resources available to you should you require assistance in the United States.
Immigrant Visa Unit Counter Assistance – Wednesdays only from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Consulate General in Hong Kong still provides assistance with certain USCIS matters, including the abandonment of permanent resident status (green cards) or collection of U.S. Re-entry Permits. Persons needing assistance on these USCIS matters should come to the Immigrant Visa Unit on Wednesdays only (except U.S. and local holidays), from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is required.
Effective June 1, 2013, persons needing assistance on certain USCIS matters should come to the Immigrant Visa Unit on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Immigrant Visa Unit processes applications for persons who are interested in living and working permanently in the United States. In general, there are three avenues for immigrating to the United States:
- Family-Sponsored (relatives of U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents)
- The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
Please see here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Immigrant Visas and Immigration to the U.S.
- Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- US Customs and Border Protection
- A Guide for New Immigrants (PDF 1.41 MB)
Last modified: May 22, 2013
USCIS Centralizes Filing of Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130
Effective August 15, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) centralized filing of the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) immigrant visa petition. As such, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices, such as Hong Kong and Macau, must now file Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. For details, see "USCIS News."
Deployment of Ten-Fingerprint Biometric
Applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas to the United States are required to submit 10 electronic fingerprint impressions (rather than the 2 fingerprint impressions previously required) along with other application documentation. Please see Deployment of Ten-Fingerprint Biometric for more information.
If you are looking for a form that begins with "I" (such as I-130 or I-539), these forms come from the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security and you may download or order them via mail from the USCIS forms page.
Applicants can save time by being well prepared for their interview and bringing all their necessary documents. Use this "checklist" to help prevent an additional trip to the Consulate!
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