non-immigrant visa appointments shall be made through the Visa Information
The Guangzhou Consulate
serves Hainan, Guangxi, Guangdong, and Fujian provinces. If you do not
live in one of these four provinces, you should apply for a visa at the
U.S. Embassy in Beijing or at one of our other Consulates in Shenyang,
Shanghai, or Chengdu.
All NIV applicants must submit the
following documents when applying for a non-immigrant visa:
application fee at CITIC bank. After paying this fee, you will receive
a receipt that must be included in the visa application and present to
the consular officer at the time of the interview.
- A passport with at
least nine months validity beyond the anticipated arrival in the United
- One set of completed
DS-156 forms, two completed DS-157 forms, each with recent American
passport-sized photos attached. (The DS-156 and DS-157 forms are free
and can be picked up at CITIC banks during regular working hours).
The photograph of each visa applicant must
be an unmounted full-face photo, taken within the past six months. A
"full face" photo is one in which the applicant is facing the camera
directly. The photograph should measure 2 inches square (roughly 50 mm
square) with the head centered in the frame. Photos must be in color and
must be taken against a white or off-white background. Photos should be
printed without borders. Photos should be stapled or glued to Form
DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application. If the photograph is stapled, the
staples should be placed as far away as possible from the applicant's
- Evidence of strong family,
work, and financial ties to China that will convince the interviewing
consular officer that you will return after a temporary stay in the
United States. Such evidence could include bank books, housing/land
deeds, family photos, marriage certificates, birth certificates,
business cards, letters from you employer, etc. No specific documents
are required. You may bring whatever you feel will convince the
consular officer that you will return to China.
Additional papers to
(B1) applicants should bring a detailed invitation letter from the
inviting U.S. organization and relevant business documents such as
faxes, bills of landing, contracts, catalogs, purchase agreements, etc.
that can demonstrate a bona fide business purpose for traveling to the
(B2) applicants should provide evidence of their ability to financially
support themselves during their stay (or of the inviter's ability to
support the applicant). If visiting relatives, bring proof of the
(F1) applicants must bring a completed I-20, a recent school transcript,
diplomas, GRE/TOEFL scores, and evidence of ability to pay tuition and
expenses during the first school year in the United States. Please make
sure that the school in the U.S. has input the names in SEVIS.
(J1) applicants must bring a completed DS-2019 form, evidence of
financial support, and proof of current employment and scholarship.
Please make sure that the school in the U.S. has input the names in
travelers (C1) applicants must provide evidence of their intention to
travel onward to a third country.
Workers (H1) applicants must bring the I-797 notification of approved
petition. In addition, H applicants should bring evidence of their job
qualifications and a photocopy of the original I-129 petition filed by
the prospective American employer.
Derivative status (F2, J2, and H4) applicants must bring evidence of
their relationship to the principal alien, proof of the principal
alien's legal status in the U.S. (a copy of the I-20, DS-2019, or 1-797
plus a photocopy of his/her visa), and evidence of financial support
while in the United States. F2 and J2 applicants need to be sure that
the school in U.S. has entered their information into SEVIS.
Foreign Service Officers of the Guangzhou Immigrant Visa Unit adjudicate
all immigrant visas for residents of the People's Republic of China. This
is the only office handling immigrant visas in China. The post also
accepts Third Country Nationals on a discretionary basis.
The U.S. Consulate
General in Guangzhou receives immigrant visa petitions only after required
processing is completed at the National Visa Center. When the files are
received, the Immigrant Visa Unit requests pre-interview clearances. The
case is then scheduled for interview after visa numbers are obtained for
Immigrant Visa Unit will set the date for the appointment and mail the
of interview-related information to the applicant. The packet is mailed out
one month before the interview. It contains information on which documents
are required at the interview, required medical forms, and contact data
for specific hospitals designated to conduct medical checks and
There is no right to counsel. Attorneys cannot enter the NIV or IV
unit. However, all correspondences are reviewed by an officer and action
will be initiated on a case as appropriate.
U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou
No. 1 Shamian South Street
Guangzhou, PRC 510133
Visa Information Call
4008-872-333 (For caller in Mainland China)
86-21-3881-4611 (For caller outside Mainland China)
Department of State wishes to advise callers that the charges for
international calls are solely the responsibility of the caller.
Currently, callers are experiencing significant wait times before
reaching a live operator.
- Applicants who have
been previously denied a visa should make this clear to the appointment
operator. Failure to disclose a past refusal can harm your chances of
receiving a visa.
- Requests to expedite visa appointments
can be made by directly faxing the U.S. Consulate Guangzhou
Non-Immigrant Visa Section (86-20-3884-4424). Requests are generally
only approved for humanitarian reasons or for urgent medical situations.