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CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND MACAU26 Garden RoadCentral, Hong KongINFORMATION FOR IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTSThe Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong is processing yourapplication for an immigrant visa. While no assurance can be given regarding theappointment date of your visa interview, you should begin preparing for that appointment andobtain the required documents. When you have obtained all of the required documents andare ready for the interview, please notify us by mailing the attached Notification of ApplicantReadiness (DS2001) and Document Checklist to the Immigrant Visa Unit. Keep all requireddocuments for submission at the time of visa interview.This packet includes: What to do next?DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa ApplicationLocal Assistance in Completing Visa FormsRegistration for immigrant visa deliveryChildren Who Are About To Reach 21 Years of AgeDocument RequirementsI-864, Affidavit Of Support under Section 213A of the INAPhotograph RequirementsPolice Clearance CertificateCivil Documents and Police Certificates from the People's Republic Of ChinaPreparing for the InterviewDocument ChecklistNotification Of Applicant Readiness (DS2001)PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL OF THEINFORMATION IN THIS PACKETApplying for an immigrant visa to the United States can betime consuming and confusing. By following the instructionsand tips in the pages that follow, you can avoid the mostcommon problems that delay issuance of an immigrant visa.To inquire about the status of your visa application with the U.S. Consulate General, please use the visa inquiry form:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlFax: (852) 2147-358611/2016HNK-packet 3Page 1 of 16

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND MACAU26 Garden RoadCentral, Hong KongWHAT TO DO NEXT?At this time each applicant for an immigrant visa must do the following:1.2.3.4.Complete Form DS-260 on-line at https://ceac.state.gov/iv, andApply for all necessary police certificatesObtain a new passport if your current passport does not meet the requirements belowAssemble all of the civil documents required in support of your application.The principal applicant in each case (i.e. the individual who is the subject of the petition) must complete thefollowing:1. Register on-line at http://ustraveldocs.com/hk for immigrant visa delivery, and2. Mail the NOTIFICATION OF APPLICANT READINESS (DS-2001) and the Document Checklist(found at the end of this packet) to the Immigrant Visa Unit ONCE ALL DOCUMENTS ARE READY.Please note that each applicant must obtain the original and one copy of the documents indicated below even ifthese documents have already been provided to USCIS.The Consulate cannot guarantee how long it may be before you are scheduled for an appointment for a visainterview.Approximately one month before your scheduled interview appointment with a consular officer, the Consulatewill send you an Appointment Package. This package will include the letter you will need to schedule yourmedical examination.Contact InformationPlease notify the Consulate if any circumstances of your application have changed.For example: Change of address;Change of Marital status;Death of petitioner; orBirth or adoption of children.You can contact us By mail:Immigrant Visa UnitU.S. Consulate General26 Garden RoadCentralHong Kong By fax:(852) 2147-3586 By Internet:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlTo inquire about the status of your visa application with the U.S. Consulate General, please use the visa inquiry form:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlFax: (852) 2147-358611/2016HNK-packet 3Page 2 of 16

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND MACAU26 Garden RoadCentral, Hong KongDS-260 ONLINE IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATIONAll applicants must complete the visa application on line at https://ceac.state.gov/iv. You must have your casenumber and National Visa Center (NVC) invoice ID number to start the on-line application.The case number begins with HNK followed by 10 digits. You can find this number on correspondence from theNational Visa Center (NVC) or from the U.S. Consulate.The NVC invoice ID number is normally an 8-digit number provided by NVC. If you have not received such anumber from NVC, please use the principal applicant's date of birth in format DD-MMM-YYYY. Please contactthe IV Section if you have questions about this number.You must answer all questions in English. Each applicant must complete (or have completed for them) a DS260.You may save your partially completed DS-260 at any time by clicking on the "Save" button at the bottom ofevery page. If you need to step away, simply click the "Save" button to save your progress, and click on "SignOut" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. All data that you entered up to the point of clicking on "Save"will be stored until you are ready to continue completing the form.To ensure your privacy if you step away in the middle of data entry, the DS-260 has a “time out” feature. If yourDS-260 application is idle for approximately 20 minutes, Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) will logyou off. All data that you entered up to the last time you clicked "Save" will be stored until you are ready tocontinue completing the form. Any data that you entered after clicking "Save" will be lost.You can access your saved application by returning to the CEAC website and selecting View/Edit from the IVand Alien Registration section of the Immigrant Visa – Summary Information screen. You will then be providedwith a list of all applicants in your case along with the status of each application (NOT STARTED,INCOMPLETE, or SUBMITTED). To continue updating an incomplete application, simply click on the "Edit"button to the right of the application’s status.Once you submit your application, by clicking the “Sign and Submit Application” button on the "Sign and Submit"page, you will be unable to access your application again without the assistance of NVC, or the U.S. ConsulateGeneral Hong Kong.You need not bring your application with you to your interview. The interviewing officer will have full access toreview your application online.A NOTE ABOUT ALIASES: On the DS-260 you MUST indicate all aliases and previous names used such asmaiden names, names changed by a deed poll, and alternate transliterations of your name in English.Failure to complete all necessary portions of your application or to provide sufficientdetail as necessary will result in significant delays in processing and issuing yourimmigrant visa.Failure to answer all questions truthfully could make you ineligible for a U.S. visa.To inquire about the status of your visa application with the U.S. Consulate General, please use the visa inquiry form:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlFax: (852) 2147-358611/2016HNK-packet 3Page 3 of 16

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND MACAU26 Garden RoadCentral, Hong KongLOCAL ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING VISA FORMSEach applicant bears final legal responsibility for all information contained in his/her application form. By signing(or providing your fingerprint) under oath that the information is true and complete you acknowledge that anyerrors or omissions in that information is due solely to your own negligence.However, you may choose to seek assistance in completing the on-line application either from a friend, familymember, lawyer or other knowledgeable person. Sources that may provide such assistance, often for a fee,include: cultural or religious groups, private attorneys and non-government organizations. The InternationalOrganization for Migration (IOM) has indicated they are willing to provide assistance to applicants in completingthe necessary forms. They can be reached at:International Organization for Migration (IOM)Room 904, Yaumatei Carpark Building,250 Shanghai Street, KowloonTelephone: (852) 2332-2441 or 2332-2446The U.S. Government, including the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, does not assumeresponsibility for the professional ability or appropriateness of the IOM in Hong Kong. As in all cases,the applicant bears final responsibility for the information included in the application.To inquire about the status of your visa application with the U.S. Consulate General, please use the visa inquiry form:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlFax: (852) 2147-358611/2016HNK-packet 3Page 4 of 16

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND MACAU26 Garden RoadCentral, Hong KongREGISTRATION FOR IMMIGRANT VISA DELIVERYThe U.S. Consulate General uses SF Express for delivery of passports and immigrant packets within HongKong. All applicants for immigrant visas (IVs) need to arrange for return delivery of the immigrant visa on-line athttp://ustraveldocs.com/hk. Passports and packets can only be delivered to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, NewTerritories, Lantau, Chek Lap Kok and Ma Wan. For other locations (namely Macau, outlying islands and Militaryor Justice Department locations), applicants must collect their packets from one of the following four SF Expressoffices:DistrictHours of OperationAddressSF Tsim Sha TsuiMon-Fri: 09:00-20:00Sat: 09:00-16:00Unit 60-66, G/F., South Seas Centre75 Mody RoadTsim Sha Tsui, KowloonSF Kwun TongMon-Fri: 09:00-20:00Sat: 09:00-16:00Unit 1, G/F., Hung To Industrial Building80 Hung To RoadKwun Tong, KowloonSF WanchaiMon-Fri: 09:00-20:00Sat: 09:00-16:00Shop No.1 on G/F., Lee Loy Building208, 208A-208C, 210, 212 & 214 Jaffe RoadWanchai, Hong KongSF MacauMon-Fri: 09:00-20:00Sat: 09:00-16:00G/F., 3B Veng Fung Industrial BuildingRua Cinco Bairro Da Areia PretaMacauOnce registered, applicants will be assigned a unique identification number (UID). Please include this numberon the Notification of Applicant Readiness/DS2001 (at the end of this document). This number will assist thecourier and applicant in tracking deliveries.Please call the Consulate General Call Center ( 852 5808 4666) if you are unsure if delivery is available to yourhome.Return delivery of passports is included in the application fee; you don't need to pay extra for this service.To inquire about the status of your visa application with the U.S. Consulate General, please use the visa inquiry form:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlFax: (852) 2147-358611/2016HNK-packet 3Page 5 of 16

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND MACAU26 Garden RoadCentral, Hong KongCHILDREN WHO ARE ABOUT TO REACH 21 YEARS OF AGEIf you have children who intend to immigrate with you to the United States or to join you in the United States at alater date your children must be: Unmarried,Eligible to be listed under your visa classification, andEither under the age of 21 at the time they enter the United States or eligible for child status under theChild Status Protection Act (CSPA).Children who fall in these categories pose specific issues for parents. You are advised to contact the IV Sectionof the U.S. Consulate General as soon as possible if any of your children are nearing the age of 21.Children of mothers, fathers, or spouses of United States citizens, must have separate immigrant visa petitionsfiled on their behalf.To inquire about the status of your visa application with the U.S. Consulate General, please use the visa inquiry form:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlFax: (852) 2147-358611/2016HNK-packet 3Page 6 of 16

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND MACAU26 Garden RoadCentral, Hong KongDOCUMENT REQUIREMENTSPlease obtain the original documents or certified copies for yourself and each family member who willaccompany you to the United States. Along with the originals, you must bring one photocopy of each document.Originals will be returned to you, but the copies will be kept for your official file. All documents that pertain toyour petition are required, even if they were previously submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and ImmigrationServices with your petition.All civil documents furnished must be issued by a public authority. Those originating from the United Statesmust be obtained from a State Vital Statistics Office or a city, county, or other local office.All documents not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. The translation mustinclude a statement signed by the translator stating that the translation is accurate; and the translator isproficient in both languages.Do not send any documents to the Consulate. Bring all your original documents, or certified copies, plus onephotocopy to the immigrant visa interview.PassportA Passport must be valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States.Passport must have a complete date of birth. Visas cannot be issued to passports with only the yearof birth.Please bring a copy of the bio-page of each passport.Hong Kong and Macau ID CardResidents of Hong Kong or Macau should bring their ID cards with them to the interview. Please alsobring a copy of each applicant's ID card.Birth CertificateObtain the original or certified copy, of the birth record of each family member (yourself, your spouse,and all unmarried children under the age of 21, even if they are not immigrating with you). Thecertificate must contain the: Person’s full legal nameDate of birthPlace of birthNames of both parentsAnnotation by the appropriate authority indicating that it is an extract from the official records.For documentation from China, please see Civil Documents and Police Certificates from the People'sRepublic of China.To inquire about the status of your visa application with the U.S. Consulate General, please use the visa inquiry form:http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa inquiry form.htmlFax: (852) 2147-358611/2016HNK-packet 3Page 7 of 16

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAHONG KONG AND