Due to a consular systems upgrade, visa operations at the U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong will be closed to the public on Friday, October 9. If you already have a visa interview appointment scheduled for this date, you will be contacted by Apply for a U.S. Visa in Hong Kong and Macau to reschedule. For any emergency travel, please look at the instructions requesting an emergency appointment at Apply for an Expedited Appointment or contact us directly at Apply for a U.S. Visa in Hong Kong and Macau. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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
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: October 2, 2015
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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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