How to Apply for a Visa
EVUS Inquiry If you have an issue with an EVUS enrollment, you can contact the EVUS Call Center at +01-202-325-0180. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, but is closed on U.S. federal holidays. You may also contact the Call Center by email at email@example.com. The Call Center is available to answer questions travelers might have regarding EVUS and unsuccessful enrollments. United States Embassies and Consulates are not able to provide details about EVUS enrollments or resolve issues that cause an unsuccessful enrollment.
Visa applicants should arrive at the Consulate at their scheduled appointment time. The appointment time is the time at which the applicant may get in line to enter the Consulate facility; it is not the time at which the applicant will interview with the visa officer. Any applicant who arrives more than 30 minutes before their appointment time may be denied entry into the Consulate.Visa applicants must pass through a security checkpoint. Applicants cannot bring cell phones, electronic devices (such as laptops, PDAs, MP3 players, cameras etc.) or any bags except small handbags, purses, or plastic bags into the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. Please note that the Consulate cannot provide storage for applicants; applicants will be turned away if they bring any of the prohibited items mentioned above.Applicants should bring to their appointment only their passports, their National Identification Card, and application materials.
Green Card Holders
- Lost and Stolen Green Cards and Reentry Permits
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues alien registration cards (I-551) to immigrants who are legally admitted for residence in the United States. Alien registration cards (commonly known as “green cards” or “permanent resident cards”) can only be issued or replaced in the United States and can never be obtained overseas. A green card is required for re-entry into the United States as a legal permanent resident.
If your green card or reentry permit has been lost, stolen, or is expired you may be able to obtain a “boarding foil” authorizing an airline or other transportation company to transport you to the United States without penalty. Information on boarding foil eligibility and cost is available from the USCIS website (https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/form-i-131a-now-available). Please note that we cannot pre-adjudicate eligibility for a boarding foil, nor can we answer questions about whether there are alternative means to return to the U.S. For inquiries, please refer to the nearest USCIS Field Office (https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-offices).
To apply for a boarding foil, please contact ConsularChengdu@state.gov. Please provide your full name, date of birth, passport information, and phone and email contact information. Consular staff will contact you to arrange an afternoon appointment.
If you plan to file a Form I-131A to apply for a LPR boarding foil, please note that you must pay the filing fee online on the USCIS website before appearing in person at a consular section. Information on the new form and fee is located here. You must bring evidence of payment, in the form of a printed email receipt notice or confirmation page, when you appear in person to file Form I-131A. As with all immigration fees, USCIS does not issue refunds, regardless of the decision on the application.
You may find additional information on and instructions for the I-131A on the I-131A Form and Instructions page.
For your Consulate appointment, please bring the following documents:
- Completed Form I-131A
- Proof of fee payment
- Your valid passport
- Proof of date of last departure from the United States, including copies of your passport biographic page and arrival-departure stamps
- A photo matching current visa photo standards. Please click herefor more information.
- If available, your green card (I-551) or a high-quality photocopy.
- Details on how Form-551 was lost. Note that you will need to provide:
- Local police report if Form I-551 was lost/stolen in China or
- Self-affidavit explanation with 50 USD notarial fee to be processed at the Consulate if Form I-551 was lost/stolen outside of China;
Note: Applicants who were issued a conditional resident card valid for two years should also bring proof that they have filed form I-751, the Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence, with USCIS.
The minimum processing time for this service is three to five business days from time of interview. If issued, your boarding foil is only valid for 30 days and one entry. Once your boarding foil is ready, you will be notified for passport pick-up.
- Lapsed Green Cards
A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) whose status has lapsed due to a failure to maintain a residence in the United States may in certain circumstances be granted an SB1 visa allowing readmission. Chengdu ACS does not process SB1 applications. Please visit the CGI Stanley/ Guangzhou Consulate website for more information.
- Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status
If you wish to abandon your permanent residence status and relinquish your green card, and are outside of the United States or at a port of entry, please download and complete Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status. Please note that visa applicants are not required to give up permanent residence cards as a condition to visa issuance.
You are encouraged to file Form I-407 by mail directly to the nearest U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) International Office. Addresses for USCIS International offices can be found here. There is no fee for this service.
Filing by mail or in person requires the submission of the same documents:
- Completed, signed Form I-407, or signed statement of abandonment;
- Form I-551 (your permanent resident card), if available. If not available, the appropriate box in Part 1, item 11.b should be checked;
- All other issued USCIS booklets and cards, if applicable.
Please note- you must sign the I-407 form, and provide your alien registration number (A-Number), or else it will not be accepted by USCIS. If you file an I-407 on behalf of a minor (a child 17 years of age or younger), both parents/guardians must sign the form or an individual parent/guardian must submit documentation proving he/she may solely sign for the minor.
In China, send completed packets to Beijing or Guangzhou (choose one):
Green card holders residing in Chengdu should send their completed packets to the Guangzhou USCIS Field Office.
Beijing USCIS Field Office:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
American Embassy Beijing
No. 55 An Jia Lou Road
Guangzhou USCIS Field Office:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou
43 Hua Jiu Road, Zhujiang New Town
No interview or appointment is required if you submit your I-407 by mail.