Starting November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html
If you are applying for a B1/B2, C1/D or F, M, J visa, please ensure you read and answer all the Drop Box questions carefully. Only answer Yes to the questions if you fully comply with all points listed under every question. In case you do not qualify for Drop Box and have wrongfully responded to any question, you will be requested to schedule an appointment for an interview, leading to a delay of 1-2 weeks in your visa issuance.
In accordance with the agreement signed between the United States and China to extend visa validity, beginning on November 29, 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 or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first. This mechanism is called EVUS - Electronic Visa Update System. The EVUS website is now open to the public for enrolments at www.EVUS.gov. CBP will not collect a fee for EVUS enrolment at this time. CBP anticipates the eventual implementation of an EVUS enrollment fee, but does not have a time frame. Until the implementation of a fee, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. 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.
Important Notice: 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.
2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018)
The entry registration period for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2018 program runs from noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 4, 2016, through noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) November 7,2016. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays, preventing some individuals from submitting entries. Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan remain eligible DV countries/areas for the program. Natives of Macau S.A.R. should select Portugal as their country of eligibility.
Please review the DV-2018 Instructions at www.usvisas.state.gov/dv/instructions for complete program rules and answers to Frequently Asked questions from entrants. Please note that there are changes this year including: the automated disqualification of applicants who use the exact same photograph as prior years’ entry and the “no glasses” photograph requirement.
The Department of State has established a dedicated website for the submission of online DV-2018 applications: www.dvlottery.state.gov. The program is conducted entirely electronically, including online entries. Paper entries are not accepted. There is no fee charged for articipating in the program. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.
All entrants must print and retain their online confirmation page which contains their confirmation number after successfully completing their DV entries. Starting May 2, 2017 through September 30,2018, entrants must use their confirmation number to access information through Entrant Status Check available at www.dvlottery.state.gov which will be the sole means by which the entrants are notified of their selection, provided instructions on how to proceed with their application, and notified of their immigrant visa interview appointment date and time.
Important Notice for Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 Entrants: Additional entrants have been added to “selected” status on the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Please use your unique confirmation number to verify your status. Successful entrants are encouraged to complete the online DS-260 application immediately, so that an interview appointment at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be scheduled. Embassies and consulates only have a limited number of appointments each month for DV applicants, so it is vital that DV selectees start the visa process immediately. The Department of State will not send DV selectees a notification letter or notify you of selection by email. Any email you receive from the Department of State will only direct you to the Entrant Status Check at www.dvlottery.state.gov. DV-2017 ends on September 30, 2017. In addition, if all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued before that date, the program will end earlier. Entrants with “selected” status should act now since the visa process can be lengthy. DV-2017 visas cannot be issued after September 30, 2017. Participants are reminded to check the status of their DV entry through Entrant Status Check www.dvlottery.state.gov using the confirmation numbers they received when they initially submitted their applications.
The Department of State advises the public of a notable increase worldwide in fraudulent emails and letters claiming to be from the U.S. government in an attempt to extract money from Diversity Visa (DV) program (“Visa Lottery”) applicants. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.
Beware of Scams
The Visa Information Service at http://ustraveldocs.com/hk is the only website providing official information about U.S. visas. This website also provides information on the visa application fee, photo requirements, required documents, suggested supporting documents to bring to the interview, online application form, how to make an appointment, and how long it will take to process the visa. We DO NOT authorize any other party to provide information related to visa application procedures.
The only method of payment for visa application fees is currently through 7-11 after completing the online application form. There are no other fees that can be paid online. Please see the website for more details.
The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong does not endorse or have a "special relationship" with any individual, business, or website offering advice or assistance with the visa process. No one can guarantee the issuance of a visa to you. All U.S. government forms are free. Some websites and emails try to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official U.S. government websites. These websites are designed to appear official, and often have images of the U.S. flag, U.S. Capitol, White House, or Statue of Liberty. What these websites and emails are missing is the ".gov" suffix on their addresses. Remember that anything that does not end with ".gov" should be considered suspect.
Arrangements in case of Typhoon 8 and Black Rain signal notification by Hong Kong Government
There will be no appointments the day(s) for which the Hong Kong Government issues a Typhoon No.8 or Black Rain Signal. Applicants with Non-immigrant Visa appointments will be notified by email and invited to login to your account in order to cancel and reschedule your appointment online here. Applicants with Immigrant Visa appointments should provide current information telephone contact numbers to this office as soon as possible after the Consulate opens again. Consulate staff will contact you directly to reschedule your appointments.
Digital Photograph Requirements
Please remember to bring a photograph that meets our visa requirements to the Consulate General on the day of your interview. If the photograph you bring to the Consulate is not compliant, or have forgotten to bring one, you will be asked to return at a later time when a compliant one can be submitted.
Macau residents have the option to select a pickup location in SF Express Macau. Home / office delivery services are NOT available for Macau address.
Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Hong Kong and Macau. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau.
This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Hong Kong and Macau.
Nonimmigrant Visa Information
- Visa Types
- Visa Fees
- Bank and Payment Options
- DS-160 Information
- Appointment Wait Times
- Photos and Fingerprints
- Visa Waiver Program
- Security Regulations
Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- Apply for a Visa
- Pay My Visa Fee
- Complete My DS-160
- Schedule My Appointment
- Change Document Delivery Address
- Track & Retrieve My Passport
- Apply for an Expedited Appointment
- Applying for a Visa without an Interview
- Application Pending Further Action
Immigrant Visa Information
Local Visa Programs
- U.S. Consulate General
- Passport/Visa Collection Locations
- Document Drop-Off Locations
- Application Fee Payment Locations