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Immigrant Visa

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of China at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou.  This is the only consulate that processes U.S. immigrant visas in China, including immigrant visa applications for nationals of other countries.

How To Apply

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States.

To begin your immigrant visa application process, please visit Immigrant Visa Process at usvisas.state.gov.

The Sponsor’s Financial Support Obligation

In addition to filing a petition for an intending immigrant, the sponsor agrees to pledge financial support for the intending immigrant by completing an I-864 Affidavit of Support.  This document is a legal and enforceable contract between the petitioner and the United States government that should the sponsored immigrant use public benefits, the sponsor is expected to be charged for those benefits.  For more information about the I-864 and means-tested benefits, please visit travel.state.gov.

Modernized Immigrant Visa (MIV)

The U.S. Department of State is going paperless to better serve visa applicants.  If you have received a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) saying you may begin online processing, you need to scan and upload all necessary civil and financial documents to our online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) at https://ceac.state.gov/IV.  Please note this method is required for visa applicants who received such a letter from NVC.  Please visit the website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate.html, to obtain detailed information on the various documents that you are required to include in your immigrant visa application.

COVID-19 Vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all IV applicants who are referred for a medical exam to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a part of the medical examination. Unlike other required vaccinations, applicants must complete the entire vaccine series for the medical examination to be considered complete. The new requirements go into effect on October 1, 2021. Should you have any further question on this issue, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for more information.

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