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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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.

Note: Due to Compulsory Quarantine Measure, the Macau pickup centre option is not available for selection until further notice. Applicants may still choose the other 3 available pickup locations in Tsim Sha Shui, Wan Chai or Kwun Tong.

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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No walk-in services

Note: From March 24, 2020, walk-in hours between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for applicants requesting services to execute Form I-131A applications, accept Form I-130 petitions, and distribute re-entry permits will not be offered by the Immigrant Visa Unit. We will resume walk-in services as soon as possible, but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

Please e-mail us if you have any questions using our Visa Inquiry Form.