Current wait times for Non Resident applicants in the following visa categories are:

Business/Tourism : 3 days

Work (H, L, O, P, Q, R, E3) : 7 days

On Nov 1, 2022, the U.S. Consulate Hong Kong implemented a separate appointment channel for visa applicants who are not resident in Hong Kong or Macau. Non-resident visa applicants must identify themselves as non-resident when scheduling their visa appointments.

Hong Kong and Macau citizens and Third Country Nationals who have valid residency permits should schedule their appointments as “residents”. Residents include Permanent Residents (PR) and anyone with a Hong Kong ID or Macau ID card, including students and domestic helpers in Hong Kong or Macau. If you schedule your appointment in the incorrect category, you will be required to reschedule. Failure to schedule in the correct appointment category could result in significant travel delays.

We will not consider expedited appointment requests from Non-Resident visa applicants except for life or death situations. If you are not resident in Hong Kong or Macau and wish to request an expedited appointment, please do so in your country of nationality or habitual residence.

Note: Appointment wait times posted on only reflect the wait times for Resident visa applicants. Appointment wait times reflected on the “schedule appointment” page within refer to the Resident wait time. Non-Resident wait times will be shown after applicant selects the correct visa priority as Non-Resident. The appointment wait time for Non-Resident visa applicants is longer than for Residents.

All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee.  Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period.  Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period.  There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period.  All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.

Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Effective January 21, 2022, Hong Kong applicants can pick up their passport and submit their 221(g) documents for free at S.F. Express - SFX Wan Chai, G/F, 182 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Applicants can select any other SFX pickup / drop-off locations against a fee of HKD 95 to be paid (cash only) at the counter when picking up their passports or dropping off their (221(g) documents from / at the 3 other locations in Hong Kong/ Macau:

  • Kwun Tong, Workshop No.1, G/F, Hung To Industrial Building, 80 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
  • Tsim Sha Tsui, Unit A, B & C,G/F, Eu Yan Sang Tower, Nos. 11-15 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  • Macau, G/F, 3B Veng Fung Industrial Building, Rua Cinco Bairro Da Areia Preta, Macau (currently suspended because of Covid)

SFX Home / Office delivery will become premium against a fee of HKD 240 per passport, to be paid on delivery to the SFX courier (cash only).

Effective on May 30, 2022. applicants can drop-off their Interview Waiver Application for free at The Hive, 3/F Chinachem Tower, 34-37 Connaught Rd Central,  Central, Hong Kong (MTR Central,  Exit B or MTR Hong Kong station Exit C), and against a fee of HKD 171 at one of the following 4 locations:

  • Buy & Ship (Kwun Tong) RM 109, 1/F, Block G, East Sun Industrial Centre, 16 Shing Yip Street, KwunTong, Kowloon (MTR Kwun Tong Exit B1). 
  • Buy & Ship (Tuen Mun) Room F ,7/F , Mai Kei Industrial Building, 5 San Hop Lane , Tuen Mun, New Territories (MTR Tuen Mun Exit A). 
  • Buy & Ship (Mong Kok) Unit 15, 16/F, Gala Place, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon (MTR Yau MaTei Exit A2).
  • Buy & Ship (Causeway Bay) Flat 1701C, 17/F, Causeway Bay Commercial Building, No.3 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (MTR Causeway Bay Exit D2).

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 enrollments at CBP will not collect a fee for EVUS enrollment 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

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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.