Note: Please be advised that there will be a Student Visa Day on August 3, 2017 (Thursday).  Student visa/F-1 and M-1 and exchange visitor/J-1 visa applicants, please go to the Visa Information Service’s website at to make a visa appointment as soon as possible.

Important notice: effective immediately, the Consulate CANNOT store computers/accessories, including laptops and other large electronic or electrical devices. Please DO NOT bring these items to the Consulate. Visitors in possession of these items will be turned away from the Consular Section. For complete information on our security regulations, please visit the Visa Information Service’s website at

Prohibited Items: 
Firearms/Edged weapons; Explosive devices; Flammable liquids; Any food or consumable. Drinking water is available; Other weapons/contraband; Large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages are also not allowed; Computers/accessories, including laptops; Other large electronic or electrical devices.

Attention drop-off service applicants (Interview Waiver Program):
As of January 27, the drop-off service (interview waiver) criteria has changed from 48 to 12 months. If your previous visa expired more than 12 months ago, please schedule an interview appointment as your application is no longer drop-off service eligible. Submitting a drop-off application while not meeting this new criteria will lead to delays while your documents are returned with a request to schedule an interview.  This would also further delay a possible visa issuance.

No Eyeglasses Policy for Visa Photographs:
Eyeglasses are no longer permitted in visa photos. See also the photo examples.

Important Visa Application Information: You must submit your COMPLETED DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application when you schedule your visa appointment; otherwise you will be required to reschedule your appointment. IF YOU FAIL TO SHOW FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A NEW DS-160.

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 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

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, 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.

Important Notice for Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 Entrants: Additional entrants have been added to “selected” status on the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website 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 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 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 ScamsThe Visa Information Service at 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 7-11or online payment with a Credit Card or Debit Card (Check/ Bank Card) after completing the online application form. 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. 

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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.