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.

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

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  Please note this method is required for visa applicants who received such a letter from NVC.  Please visit the website, to obtain detailed information on the various documents that you are required to include in your immigrant visa application.

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