Applying for a Visa without an Interview

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Overview

In many ways the U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. It is important to know that your visa may still be valid even if the passport it is in has expired. You can travel to the United States with an expired passport containing a valid visa as long as you also bring your new, valid passport. Please see the website http://ustraveldocs.com/hk for more details.

To expedite the visa application process drop box visa services might be an option for you. In most cases, this service eliminates the need for an interview. However the use of the drop box service does not guarantee visa issuance. Furthermore, in some cases, after reviewing an application submitted through the drop box service, we may require a person to appear for an in-person interview.

****Please note: you may not use the drop box service if you lost the passport with your most recently issued valid or expired U.S. visa**** 

Qualifications

You may be eligible to apply for a U.S. visa without an interview based on your age; or if you are renewing a prior U.S. visa that expired less than 12 months ago (only B1/B2, C1/D, F, M or J visas are eligible for this program at this time).

Qualification for Drop Box Service Based on Age:

  • Children under 14 years of age, and applicants age 80 or older, may apply through the drop box service for a B1/B2 visa if they have not previously been found ineligible for a U.S. visa. 
  • Please see below in “Supporting Documentation" to ensure the correct documents are included with the application.
  • Applicants must be a citizen or resident of Hong Kong or Macau (proof of residency in Hong Kong or Macau is either a Hong Kong or Macau ID, or a visa with the "right to abode and work.").
  • Applicants must be physically present in Hong Kong or Macau.
  • Children under 14 years of age must not have a U.S. Citizen parent (unless the parents can provide documentation of a formal finding by the U.S. Consulate’s American Citizen Services Unit that the child is not a U.S. citizen) or a parent who is a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) of the United States.

Qualification for Drop Box Service Based on Past U.S. Travel:

  • You may also be eligible to apply through the drop box service if you were previously issued a U.S. visa and you can provide the previous original U.S. visa.
  • Your prior visa must have been issued to you when you were age 14 or older, and your fingerprints must have been collected.
  • You must be a citizen or resident of Hong Kong or Macau (proof of residency in Hong Kong or Macau is either a Hong Kong or Macau ID, or a visa with the "right to abode and work.").
  • You must be physically present in Hong Kong or Macau.
  • You must be applying for a B1/B2, C1/D, F, M, or J visa. All other visa classes are not eligible for drop box service at this time. 
  • You must be applying for the exact same type of visa. For example, you had a B visa and wish to apply for another B visa.
  • Your previous visa must still be valid. For B1/B2 visa must have expired within the last 12 months.  For C1/D, F, M, or J visa must have expired within the last 12 months.
  • You may not use the drop box service if your previous visa is marked “Clearance Received” or “Department Authorization.”
  • You may not use the drop box service if you lost your previous passport that had a valid or expired U.S. visa.
  • You may not use the drop box service if you are applying for a B1 domestic helper visa.
  • Student visa holders (F, M and J) are only eligible for drop box services if they are continuing to attend the same U.S. school or institution or participate in the same exchange program in which they are already enrolled.

 

Supporting Documentation

All Applicants must provide:

  • A valid passport: Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States.
  • The DS-160 application form confirmation page.
  • One photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color passport/digital photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view. Detailed guidelines for taking and submitting a quality photograph are on the U.S. Department of State website here. Your application will be refused if your photograph does not meet the requirements.
  • A copy of your Hong Kong or Macau identity card or your visa with the "right to abode and work".
  • Printed drop box confirmation letter with barcode. 

Specific Applicants:

Applicants under 14 years old applying for a Tourist (B2) Visa must also include:

  • A copy of the child's birth certificate.
  • A written description of the child’s intended purpose of U.S. travel that includes contact information for the U.S. inviter and a rough itinerary.
  • A copy of the photo page of both parents' passports and a copy of both parents' Hong Kong or Macau ID cards.
  • A copy of at least one parent's valid U.S. visitor (B1/B2 or B2) visa. If one or both parents is a national of a country whose citizens can travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), a copy of an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Please see ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorization for further information. If neither parent has a valid U.S. visa or travel authorization, the child is not eligible for drop box processing.
  • If traveling with a group, please also submit: the planned U.S. travel itinerary in English, together with a statement of the purpose of travel; a list of the group's travelers' names, dates of birth, and passport numbers; and a copy of the chaperone’s U.S. visa.
  • An English employment letter from at least one parent (note: if parents are self-employed, please provide a copy of the business registration and parent's business card)

*For all other children: Children under age 14 are not qualified for drop box processing if any of the required documents are missing.  If not qualified for drop box processing, an appointment is necessary for the child’s visa application.  At least one parent must come to the U.S. Consulate to be interviewed.  The child need not accompany the parent to the interview; however, the child must be physically present in Hong Kong or Macau at the time of the interview.

Applicants 80 years old and over applying for a Tourist (B2) Visa must also include:

  • Proof of residency in Hong Kong or Macau (proof is a copy of the applicant’s Hong Kong or Macau ID, or a visa with the "right to abode and work");
  • A written description in English of the applicant’s intended purpose of U.S. travel that includes contact information for the U.S. inviter.
  • Any previously issued U.S. visa.

F-1, M-1, and J-1 Applicants must also include:

  • A passport containing the applicant’s previous original U.S. visa in the same category.
  • All passports issued between the time the applicant’s previous U.S. visa was issued and the present.
  • Research/study plans in English with detailed information about the applicant’s planned studies or research in the United States, including the name and e-mail address of the advising professor and/or the head of the department in the United States. 
  • A resume/CV in English that provides detailed information about past academic and professional experience, including a complete list of all publications to which the applicant has contributed. 
  • A copy of your official transcripts covering coursework at U.S. institutions.
  • An advisor’s biography, CV, or webpage printout (for graduate students who have already been assigned an advising professor at their U.S. institution).

B1/B2 Applicants must also include:

  • Passport containing the applicant’s previous original U.S. visa in the same category.
  • All passports issued between the time the applicant’s previous U.S. visa was issued and the present.
  • A written description in English of the applicant’s intended purpose of U.S. travel that includes contact information for the U.S. inviter and a rough itinerary.
  • Travelers coming to the U.S. for business only, please also include an English-version copy of your invitation letter, itinerary, and a resume.
  • An English employment letter or proof of enrollment at an academic institution (note: if self-employed, please provide a copy of the business registration and your business card)
  • If you are unemployed, please provide information and evidence of how you will pay for your trip (for example: copy of bank documents)

How To Apply

If you meet the requirements above, follow the steps below to create a profile and continue the application process.

Step 1

Complete the non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. (You are required to upload a photograph taken within the last six months as a part of the DS-160 process. Detailed guidelines for taking and submitting a quality photograph are on the U.S. Department of State website here.)

Step 2

Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile to pay the visa application (MRV) fee at 7-11 or by credit card. Once logged in, choose “Schedule appointment.” As you go through the process you will answer the drop box questions which will evaluate your eligibility to apply for a visa without an interview.

Step 3

After you answer the questions, you will be prompted to pay the visa fee. If you are eligible to apply for a visa without an interview, you will print out the “drop box confirmation letter” which you will include with your visa application.

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 issuanceApplicants can qualify for a Dropbox Service based on past U.S. travel (if the applicant possesses a visa that expired within last 12 months) or based on age (under 14 or 80 or older).

Step 4

Gather your DS-160 confirmation page,  drop box confirmation letter with barcode, current and previous passports, photo, and any other required supporting documentation. Depending on the visa category, you may also be required to pay a reciprocity fee. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

Step 5

Take your drop box confirmation letter, DS-160 confirmation page and all the required documents for your visa class along with an A5 mailing envelope to enclose your documents to the Consulate, only if fingerprints are required, or one of the collection facilities listed below.

NOTE: Applicants whose previous visa was issued before January 1, 2008 require fingerprinting and should submit their applications and documentation to the U.S. Consulate on Wednesdays between 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

Applicants whose previous visa was issued after January 1, 2008 and already provided all ten fingerprints for a previous U.S. visa application do not require fingerprinting, applicants age under 14 or age 80 or over do not require fingerprinting.  To submit applications and documentation without fingerprints, please visit one of the following 5 collection locations:  

  • Elink Station (Kwun Tong) RM 109, 1/F, Block G, East Sun Industrial Centre, 16 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon (MTR Kwun Tong Exit B1). Opening hours Monday to Saturday 11:00 am-10:30 pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • Elink Station (Cheung Sha Wan) Flat 5,1/F, Yee Kuk Industrial Centre, 555 Yee Kuk Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon (MTR Cheung Sha Wan Exit B). Opening hours Monday to Friday 11:00 am-8:30 pm Saturday 11:00 am-7:00 pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • Elink Station (Tsuen Wan) RM1015, 10/F, Grand City Plaza, 1-17 Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories (MTR Tsuen Wan Exit A3). Opening hours Monday to Saturday 11:00 am-10:30 pm closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • Elink Station (Mong Kok) Unit 15, 16/F, Park-In Commercial Centre, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon (MTR Yau Ma Tei Exit A2). Opening hours Monday to Saturday 11:00 am-10:30 pm closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • Elink Station (Wan Chai) RM F, 19/F, CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (MTR Wan Chai Exit A4). Opening hours Monday to Saturday 11:00 am-10:30 pm closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Note: Please do not submit any documentation in a sealed envelope as this will be rejected by the U.S. Consulate.  If you use an envelope to submit documents, it must remain open at all times.

Step 6

The U.S. Consulate will keep your passport and application for processing and adjudication for approximately 7-10 working days.

Step 7

At the end of the visa adjudication process, the Consulate General in Hong Kong will return your original documents and your passport to you according to the document delivery option you have chosen (Pick-up or Delivery Service).  If issued, your passport will contain your visa.

Important Note: The use of the drop box service does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear for a visa interview at the Consulate General Hong Kong, e.g., incomplete and/or inaccurate applications.

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