President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021.  Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.


Presidential Proclamation 10052, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak, remains in effect.  Specifically, the suspension in PP 10052 applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas.


The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We have worked diligently and restored all routine nonimmigrant visa operations as of January 22, 2021.  For receipts valid on or after March 19, 2020 or purchased between March 19, 2020 and January 22, 2021, the U.S. Consulate extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Fees paid on or after January 22, 2021 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.


On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.”  This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.  Click here from additional information.


Effective April 1, 2021, the 7-11 payment service will no longer be available in Macau. Applicants can still pay in Hong Kong using 7-11,  or can pay by credit card.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure . Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here.


Service Availability: The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau is currently offering IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, and K immigrant visa appointments and all classes of nonimmigrant visa services. While the Consulate aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/hk/hk-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment.  


Please note that the Macau pickup centre option is not available for selection until further notice. Applicants may still choose the other 3 available pickup locations in Tsim Sha Shui, Wan Chai or Kwun Tong. 


To improve speed in our visa processing, we remind all applicants the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong will not allow visa applicants to bring in bags larger than 30 x 24 x 7.5 cm.  Please take note of the prohibited items that will not be allowed into the Consulate and may result in you missing your visa appointment. 


For arrangements in case of Typhoon 8 and Black Rain signal notification by Hong Kong Government, please visit the Consulate's website at
https://hk.usconsulate.gov/consulate/hong-kong-macau/rainy-typhoon-season/  


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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.