The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its passport and visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. The Department is working urgently to correct the problem and expects the system to be fully operational again soon. The U.S. Consulate General for Hong Kong and Macau is monitoring this situation, and we apologize to applicants who may experience delays.
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.
Diversity Visa Program: DV-2015
The entry period for DV-2015 has ended. Please refer again to this website in September 2014 for updates on the Diversity Visa program for 2016. The instructions below are for the DV-2015 program but may be helpful to potential future applicants.
Welcome to the Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Units of the U.S. Consulate General for Hong Kong and Macau.
The U.S. Consulate General is located at 26 Garden Road in Central, Hong Kong.
We provide the following visa services:
Nonimmigrant Visas - temporary visits for pleasure, exchange programs, study and temporary employment
Immigrant Visas - permanent residency, marriage to an American citizen, adoptions
Visa Inquiries - how to get general visa information and help with case-specific nonimmigrant and immigrant visa inquiries
More information is available on the following websites:
- U.S. Department of State
- Bureau of Consular Affairs - Visa
- Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- Department of Homeland Security
- US Customs & Border Protection
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- General U.S. Government Info
- US-VISIT (Security measures)
- USCIS Case Status Service Online
Last modified: July 24, 2014
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Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA) Required in Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces implementation of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Enrollment in ESTA is mandatory for ALL VWP participants. If you have a visa to visit the USA, or a Canadian passport, this message does not apply to you. The ESTA applies only to Visa Waiver Program participants. For information about ESTA, please see ESTA webpage and Frequently Asked Questions about the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
USCIS Centralizes Filing of Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) centralized filing of the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) immigrant visa petition since August 15, 2011. 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."
Effective April 28, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) no longer requires registration of foreign citizens entering and exiting the United States under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), also known as Special Registration. More information is available in the Federal Register notice (PDF 179 KB) from DHS dated April 28, 2011.
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