THE NONIMMIGRANT VISA UNIT WILL BE CLOSED ON JUNE 29, 2016 AT 3:00 P.M.
Fingerprints for Nonimmigrant Visa application will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m.
Note: On Friday, July 1, 2016 and Monday, July 4, 2016, the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit will be closed for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day and United States Independence Day.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THE IMMIGRANT VISA UNIT WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FROM JUNE 30, 2016 AT 12:30 P.M. FOR THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION’S ESTABLISHMENT DAY (JULY 1) AND THE UNITED STATES’ INDEPENDENCE DAY (JULY 4). NORMAL SERVICES WILL RESUME JULY 5.
Note: The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit will be closed on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 for an administrative day and the following services will not be provided:
- Appointments for nonimmigrant visa interviews will not be available on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
- Fingerprinting service for Drop Box applicants will not be provided on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
- Applicants with a 221(g) letter are advised not to come for their visa applications when the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit is closed.
If you have made an appointment for nonimmigrant visa interview on August 31, 2016, please visit the Visa Information Service's website at http://ustraveldocs.com/hk to reschedule for another appointment.
Applicants who wish to submit their documents and have their fingerprints taken for Drop Box service will need to come on another Wednesday and applicants with a 221(g) letter are advised to come on next available working day.
The Immigrant Visa Unit will be closed to the public on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 for an administrative day. The unit will reopen for normal business services on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
In accordance with the agreement signed between the United States and China to extend visa validity, beginning in November 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports will be required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application via a website every two years, or upon getting a new passport, whichever occurs first. This mechanism will be called EVUS - Electronic Visa Update System.
You do not need to take any action until the EVUS online update system becomes available in November 2016. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information throughout the year. For further information, please visit www.cbp.gov/EVUS.
If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.
Rainy and Typhoon Season
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. Please see "Consular Services During the Rainy and Typhoon Season" for details.
Diversity Visa Program: DV-2017
The entry period for DV-2017 has ended. Please refer again to this website in October 2016 for updates on the Diversity Visa program for 2018. The instructions below are for the DV-2017 program but may be helpful to potential future applicants.
In answer to question number 6 on the DV2017 application, natives of Macau S.A.R. should select Portugal as their country of eligibility.
All visa interviews at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong are handled on an appointment basis only. Individuals seeking general information about U.S. visas or needing to schedule a visa appointment should visit Apply for a U.S. visa.
Last modified: June 28, 2016
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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).
Modernized Immigrant Visa
Immigrating to the U.S.? Applicants for an IR1, IR2, IR5, CR1 or CR2 immigrant visa now have the option to submit their Affidavits of Support, financial evidence, and civil documents electronically. We anticipate that submitting these documents electronically will make the process quicker and more user-friendly. For more information, please visit: The Immigrant Visa Process.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs launched a redesigned website
The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State launched a redesigned website, Travel.State.Gov. Whether you are inquiring about an immigrant visa or a temporary visa, the new design features a Visa Wizard designed to guide prospective applicants to the appropriate visa category webpage, fee and wait time widgets that display information by type of visa, improved search functionality, as well as a step-by-step immigrant visa processing section.
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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