Immigrant Visa Information


Overview

All immigrant and K visas issued in mainland China are processed at the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou. In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa. Immigrant visa applicants will be notified by either the National Visa Center (NVC) or the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou when it is time to schedule an interview. K visa applicants will be notified by the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou when it is time to schedule an interview.

For information on IH-3, IR-3, and IR-4 adoption visas, please visit the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou website here.

Immigrant Visa Petitions

In most cases, the immigrant visa process begins when a U.S. petitioner files a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office that covers his/her permanent place of residence. If the petitioner has been residing in China for longer than six months, the I-130 may be filed at the CIS offices in Beijing or Guangzhou depending on where in China the petitioner is living.

Petitioners living in Anhui, Chongqing, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shandong, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Sinkiang (Xinjiang), Tibet (Xizang), Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces may contact the USCIS office in Guangzhou.

Petitioners living in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shanxi, and Inner Mongolia may contact the USCIS office in Beijing.

K Visa Petitions

For K visas, a U.S. citizen files the I-129F petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office that covers your permanent place of residence.  Note: I-129F petitions CANNOT be filed overseas.

For additional information about how to file a Form I-129F with the USCIS, visit the USCIS website or contact USCIS by telephone in the United States at 1-800-375-5283.

Modernized Immigrant Visa (MIV)

The U.S. Department of State is going paperless to better serve visa applicants.  If you have received a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) saying you may begin online processing, you need to scan and upload all necessary civil and financial documents to our online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).  Please note this method is required for visa applicants who received such a letter from NVC.    

Please visit the website: 
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/after-petition-approved/begin-nat-visa-center/ceac-electronic-processing.html to obtain detailed information on the various documents that you are required to include in your immigrant visa application.  Then carefully read the instructions and follow the steps to upload all necessary civil and financial documents to our online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) at https://ceac.state.gov/IV. The instructions are available for download at https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/PDF-other/Uploading%20to%20CEAC-instrucions.pdf