After the Interview

If your visa has been approved, you will be informed how and when your passport and visa will be returned to you. Carefully review the information on the Fiancé(e) Visa Process on to learn what to do when you receive your visa, entering the United States, and other important information.

It usually takes several business days to process and print the visa, so applicants should not purchase tickets to the United States until they have received their passport with the U.S. visa affixed inside.

Passport and Immigrant Visa (IV) packet delivery or pickup is done through SF Express. For information regarding fee requirements, please visit Apply for a U.S. Visa.

Applicants must sign on to Apply for a U.S. Visa to register and select a document delivery option before the visa interview. Passports and IV packets can only be delivered to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories, Lantau, Chek Lap Kok and Ma Wan.

For other locations (namely Macau, outlying islands and Military or Justice Department locations), applicants must collect their immigrant visa packets from the SF Express office in Macau, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kwun Tong, Wanchai or Shau Kei Wan.

Please call the Consulate General Call Center (+852 5808 4666) if you are unsure if delivery is available to your home.

If the interviewing consular officer cannot issue a visa on the day of the interview because information or documentation is lacking, the officer will suspend the processing of the application under INA Section 221(g). The applicants will be informed at that time what information is required to finalize the visa application and to complete the adjudication. Most often, the applicant is missing important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, affidavits of support, or medical examination reports.

The submission by the applicant of any additional information is done through at all the courier SF Express designated locations and times, please visit Application Refused under INA 221(g) for detailed information.

Applicants will need to bring the following to the SF Express office:

  1. The letter provided to you indicating the required documents (the blue sheet),
  2. Your passport,
  3. A submission form (PDF 230 KB) with all documents indicated, and
  4. The additional documents you are submitting.

Once at the SF Express office the applicant should follow these steps:

  • Get an envelope and airway bill from the SF Express staff.
  • Complete the necessary airway bill.
  • Be sure to place all necessary documents in the provided envelope. Don’t forget to include the blue sheet!
  • Seal the envelope and give it and the airway bill to the SF staff.
  • SF staff will give you a copy of the airway bill as a receipt. Please keep this receipt.

The documents will be delivered by SF Express to the Consulate within two business days in Hong Kong and four business days from Macau. If there are questions about the information provided, Consulate staff will contact the applicant directly. Otherwise, the passport will be sent back through SF Express along with the immigrant visa packet and important information.

Once you have received your fiancé/fiancée visa, please note the visa’s expiration date. You must enter the United States before the visa’s expiration date.

Fiancée visa applicants should contact USCIS if they want to leave the U.S. before they obtain lawful permanent resident status.

Please see Fiancée Visa Frequently Asked Questions.