Immigrant Visa Information

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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 or 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:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
No. 43 Huajiu Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Note:  Visa applicants should use the consular customer entrance on Huaxia Road, near Exit B1 of the Zhujiang New Town subway station (Line 3 and Line 5)
Email: CIS.Guangzhou@uscis.dhs.gov

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

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Embassy Beijing
No. 55 An Jia Lou Road
Beijing, China 100600 
Phone: (010) 8531-3111
Email: DHSBeijing-CIS@dhs.gov

Note that the Beijing USCIS office is open to the public by appointment only. See Beijing Homeland Security page for more details.

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 at http://www.uscis.gov or contact USCIS by telephone in the United States at 1-800-375-5283.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

All individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.

Immigrant Visa Interview Appointments at Consulate General Guangzhou

When an immigrant visa petition is approved and the applicant’s case is ready to be scheduled for an interview, beneficiaries will be contacted by the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment through our authorized partner, CGI Stanley. If the Consulate has not notified you that your case is ready to be scheduled, you will not be able to access this function through CGI Stanley. All immigrant visa applicants, including children, must appear at the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou for an interview. Please note that some visa categories are subject to numerical limitations. Please refer to the Visa Bulletin for more information on visa availability.

On your interview date, you must appear at the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou no more than fifteen minutes before your scheduled appointment time. You should bring your appointment letter, passport, and the documents required for your visa class. Please read about security restrictions at the Consulate that describe what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview.