Immigrant Visas: Important Notices

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Rainy and Typhoon Season

The annual rainy and typhoon season lasts throughout the autumn months. Please be advised that if Black Rainstorm Warning OR Typhoon Signal 8 or above is announced by the Hong Kong Observatory, the Consulate General will be closed. Please see “Consular Services During the Rainy and Typhoon Season” for details.

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2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018)

The entry period for DV-2018 has ended. Please refer again to this website in October 2017 for updates on the Diversity Visa program for 2019. The instructions below are for the DV-2018 program but may be helpful to potential future applicants.

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2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017)

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.

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.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigrant Fee

All individuals issued immigrant visas overseas after February 1, 2013 must pay a USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. This fee is in addition to all other fees currently in place such as the visa application fee. This fee cannot be paid at the U.S. Consulate General. It must be paid online after the individual has received a visa and visa package.

The following are exempt from this fee:

  • Children travelling to the United States as adopted children or prospective adopted children
  • Returning residents
  • Fiancés issued K visas

The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

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Immigrant Visa Delivery

Passport and Immigrant Visa (IV) packet delivery is done through SF Express. Applicants must sign on to Apply for a U.S. Visa to register and select a delivery address 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 or Wanchai.

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

Return delivery of immigrant visas is included in the application fee; no additional payment is required for this service. Applicants will need to complete a delivery slip for each packet at the Consulate.

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Important Information on the Legal Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence

Important information on the rights and protections for foreign-citizen spouses and fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents

If you are an applicant for an immigrant visa to the United States as the spouse or fiancé(e)s of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, please carefully read the information on the State Department’s website concerning your legal rights. We understand you may not be familiar with laws in this country. We want you to know, under all circumstances, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse are illegal in the United States and that all people in the United States are guaranteed protection under law from abuse. The State Department has published information on your rights and protections in the U.S. as well as resources available to you should you require assistance in the United States.

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Immigrant Visa Unit Counter Assistance – Tuesdays only from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Consulate General in Hong Kong still provides assistance with certain USCIS matters, including the abandonment of permanent resident status (green cards) or collection of U.S. Re-entry Permits. Persons needing assistance on these USCIS matters should come to the Immigrant Visa Unit on Tuesdays only (except U.S. and local holidays), from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is required.