China - USCIS Guangzhou Field Office


Guangzhou, ChinaFrom Aug. 6 through Aug. 10, our office will only be able to process urgent requests for travel documents to return to the United States.  If you have a general inquiry or wish to file an immigration application or petition, please visit our office after Aug. 13, 2018.

 

Geographic Jurisdiction

USCIS Guangzhou is in the Asia/Pacific District and has jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters in Anhui, Chongqing, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Tibet  (Xizang), Yunnan, and Zhejiang.

For individuals residing in other regions of mainland China, please contact the Beijing Field Office for further assistance.

Public hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The office is closed on Chinese and American holidays.

Appointments

You must make an online appointment to visit USCIS Guangzhou. Please bring a printout of your online appointment letter and a government-issued photo ID with you to the appointment.

Walk-Ins

USCIS Guangzhou does not accept walk-ins.

Fee Payment Information

You must pay the Form I-131A fee online. For all other applications and petitions that you submit to this office, you must pay the fees to the U.S. Consulate cashier with Visa or MasterCard or in cash with U.S. dollars or Chinese RMB.  Checks and money orders are not accepted.

 

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Office Services

Click on the tabs below for additional information on each service. For a complete explanation of the fees, required forms and documentation associated with the forms that we may accept directly at this office, click on the form name within the tab. To see if there are any special instructions for filing at this office, please see the information under Filing and Other Special Instructions” within each tab.

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To establish your relationship to a relative who wishes to immigrate to the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:

U.S. citizens residing in USCIS Guangzhou's jurisdiction filing on behalf of their spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 or parent (if the U.S. citizen is over the age 21).

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Residents of China filing with USCIS Guangzhou must submit the petition and supporting evidence in person.

In addition to providing the documents listed in the Form I-130 Instructions, petitioners should bring the original passport for both the petitioner and beneficiary (if available) at the time of filing, as well as copies of the biographic page of each passport.

Evidence of residency must be submitted with the petition. The evidence you submit must support a determination that you are a resident in China.

Please Note: Certain pieces of evidence may more strongly support a finding of residency than others. For petitions filed at this field office, you must submit one or more of the following:

  • A Residence Permit for Foreigner in the People’s Republic of China (居住许可).
  • A Chinese visa (签证) in the categories of D, J1, Q1, S1, X1 or Z.

In addition, other evidence of residency may include, but is not limited to:

  • Passport entry stamp
  • Utility bills
  • Housing lease
  • Work contract or other employment documents
  • Proof of local registration
  • Military orders
  • Bank statements
  • Vehicle registration
  • Local driver’s license
  • Tax documents
  • Foreign property deeds or registration (although proof of property ownership in itself, may be insufficient if there is no evidence that the petitioner resides at that property)

Any document issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by a full English translation and by the translator's certification that he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English. The original documents, with one copy of the originals, and the English translation should be submitted with the petition. Any original documents submitted upon USCIS’ request will be returned.

Petitions from lawful permanent residents and petitions for relatives of U.S. citizens other than those mentioned in the "Who May File or Receive Service" section must be filed with the Chicago Lockbox. This includes U.S. citizens whose principal residence is not China and/or are abroad for a short-term visit as a tourist or on business such as temporary travelers under L, M or F Chinese visas who will generally not qualify for direct filing with USCIS Guangzhou.

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Refugee Travel Document)

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Refugee Travel Document), Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To return to the United States after travel abroad.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Individuals within USCIS Guangzhou's jurisdiction with valid refugee or asylee status (or lawful permanent residents who obtained such status by adjusting from refugee or asylee in the United States) who departed the United States within the past year.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You should file this application in the United States before you depart. USCIS Guangzhou has jurisdiction to accept and approve refugee travel document applications in limited circumstances.

Please Note: If you have a pending domestically filed refugee travel document application, or if you currently possess a valid refugee travel document, you are not eligible to apply for the document abroad. If eligible to apply abroad, the application may only be accepted and processed by this office at the discretion of the district director. Contact USCIS Guangzhou for further information.

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Purpose:

To allow lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who do not have a Green Card or reentry permit to apply for a travel document (carrier documentation) that permits a transportation carrier to allow them to board a flight or vessel to the United States without penalty.

Who May File or Receive Service:

You may apply for carrier documentation if you are an LPR and:

  • You are returning from temporary international travel of less than one year and your Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card or Form I-551) has been lost, stolen or destroyed.
  • You are returning from temporary international travel of less than two years and your reentry permit (Form I-327) has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

The length of your absence from the United States will be measured from the time you departed the U.S. to the time you pay the fee for filing Form I-131A.

If you are an LPR with an expired Green Card, you may not need to file a Form I-131A. We encourage you check with your airline or vessel before filing a Form I-131A.

Although regulations generally require an LPR to travel with a valid Green card, CBP policy permits a transportation carrier bound for the United States to board an LPR without carrier documentation if you:

  • Are an LPR who has an expired Green Card that was issued with a 10-year expiration date, or
  • Are an LPR with an expired Green Card with a two-year expiration date AND you also have a Form I-797, Notice of Action, for Form I-751 or Form I-829 to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status. The Notice of Action extends the validity of the Green Card for a specified length of time, generally one year.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You may file in person at this office by making an online appointment for Tuesday or Thursday afternoons or by walking in during our public hours from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays.  We aim to process applications for carrier documentation within two weeks. The document will be valid for no more than 30 days and cannot be extended.

Before appearing at this office to file a Form I-131A, you must pay the filing fee for this form online using the USCIS online payment system. You may pay the fee with your credit or debit card or U.S. bank account. When you appear in person to file Form I-131A, you must bring evidence that you paid the fee, such as a printed copy of your payment confirmation page or a printed copy of your emailed receipt. As with all immigration fees, we do not issue refunds, regardless of the decision on the application.

If there is an international USCIS office or an embassy or consulate closer to where you are traveling, contact that office or visit its website to verify whether they process the Form I-131A and for instructions on how to file.

Child Born Abroad to an LPR

If you are an LPR and your child is born abroad during a temporary absence from the United States, your child may enter the United States without a visa before he or she turns two years old if your child accompanies you on your first return to the United States. CBP’s guidance indicates that an airline may board a child in this situation. If an airline refuses to board your child without carrier documentation, we can issue a transportation letter. You do not need to file Form I-131A or pay a fee for this service.

If your child does not come to the United States when you, the LPR parent first return to the United States, consult the U.S. Consulate or this USCIS office about the availability of an immigrant visa for your child.

Outside the U.S. For More than One Year

If you have been outside of the United States for more than one year without a reentry permit (or more than two years with a reentry permit), you will need to either seek a returning resident visa (SB-1) with the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy nearest to you, or consult with the USCIS office that has jurisdiction over the country in which you are traveling about an alternative travel document.

For information about maintaining your residency receiving your Green Card, see our After a Green Card is Granted page.

    Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

    Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    For international offices, this form is usually filed by widow(er)s applying for certain benefits that are granted to various special categories of individuals who are eligible for immigration.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Widow(er) of a deceased U.S. citizen. The widow(er) must currently reside in USCIS Guangzhou's jurisdiction.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You must file in person.

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (For Military Abroad)

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To apply for U.S. citizenship.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Members of the U.S. military stationed overseas and their qualified spouse who reside in USCIS Guangzhou's jurisdiction.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    USCIS Guangzhou Field Office processes naturalization and citizenship applications only for overseas military personnel and their qualifying family members.

    You cannot file Forms N-400, N-600, or N-600K directly with the USCIS Guangzhou Field Office. You must file these forms with the appropriate USCIS Lockbox facility. Please see the Form N-400, Form N‑600, or Form N-600K webpage or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 for the most current filing instructions. If you are an active duty military member on orders abroad or a qualifying family member, USCIS will forward your application to the appropriate international office if you are eligible for processing abroad. 

    If you are an active duty military member on orders abroad or a qualifying family member, you can find more information about who qualifies for naturalization or citizenship on our Citizenship for Family Members page.  If you are an active duty military member living outside the U.S. and your child is on your official orders, you may be eligible to file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship or Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 for your child.  If you are eligible to file Form N-600K, your child may complete the entire naturalization process abroad. Please also see our Policy Manual for quick reference charts and information on overseas naturalization benefits for qualifying spouses and children of U.S. military personnel.

    Additionally, U.S. military members may email militaryinfo@uscis.dhs.gov to:

    • Ask questions about filing Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600;
    • Request overseas processing of a pending Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600; or
    • Change your address of record for a pending Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600.

    USCIS does not use this email address to respond to questions about any other USCIS forms. For questions or requests related to all other USCIS forms, call the toll-free Military Help Line at 877-CIS-4MIL (877-247-4645).

    Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

    Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

    Purpose:

    To give up your lawful permanent resident (LPR) status/turn in your Green Card.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Any individual who wishes to abandon his or her permanent resident status and give up his or her Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You can submit this form in person or by mail. You will need to turn in your Permanent Resident Card, if available, along with any other travel documents issued by USCIS.

    Form I-590, Registration for Classification as a Refugee

    Form I-590, Registration for Classification as a Refugee

    Purpose:

    To determine eligibility for refugee status.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Individuals who have been referred for refugee resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

    This form is not accepted at any international USCIS office.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    If you have questions about eligibility for a referral for refugee resettlement, please contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) through the information on the UNCHR website .

    This field office is unable to directly receive refugee resettlement applications. For general information and processing criteria please see USCIS’ information about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or the Department of State’s website on refugee admissions.

    Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition

    Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To request a suitability and eligibility determination for prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a foreign-born child.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    U.S. citizens who reside in USCIS Guangzhou's jurisdiction and seek to adopt a child from a non-Hague Convention country.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You must file in person. Please see the Contact Us section of this website for information on how to schedule an appointment.

    You can find information on intercountry adoptions and procedures in the Adoption section of our website.

    Please Note: China is a Hague Adoption Convention country. USCIS Guangzhou does not handle processing of forms related to intercountry adoption from a Hague Adoption Convention country. If you are filing to adopt a child from a Hague Adoption Convention Country, you must use Form I-800A and Form I-800 and file with USCIS in the United States.

    Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

    Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

    Purpose:

    To request orphan classification for a child who either is, or will be, adopted by a U.S. citizen to allow the child to enter the United States.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    U.S. citizen petitioners who reside in the United States but will travel and adopt a child, or obtain legal custody of a child for purposes of emigration and adoption, from a non-Hague Adoption Convention country where the USCIS office is located, or

    U.S. citizen petitioners who live within this field office’s jurisdiction and seek to adopt a child from a non-Hague Adoption Convention country.

    For more information about filing criteria related to these filing options, please see Form I-600 filing instructions.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You must file in person. Please see the Contact Us section of this website for information on how to schedule an appointment.

    You can find information on intercountry adoptions and procedures on the Department of State website and in the Adoption section of our website.

    Please Note: China is a Hague Adoption Convention country. USCIS Guangzhou does not handle processing of forms related to intercountry adoption from a Hague Adoption Convention country. If you are filing to adopt a child from a Hague Adoption Convention Country, you must use Form I-800A and Form I-800 and file with USCIS in the United States.

    Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

    Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    For those otherwise approved to immigrate to the United States, but are ineligible to enter because one or more grounds of inadmissibility that may be waived applies to them.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Individuals who reside in USCIS Guangzhou's jurisdiction and can show that:

    • There are exceptional and compelling humanitarian circumstances that require immediate filing and adjudication; and
    • Expedited processing would be insufficient to address the urgency.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    Except as provided below, Form I-601 must be filed with the USCIS Lockbox in the United States by mail. You may submit a written request for expedited processing along with your application when you file with the Lockbox if you believe there are extraordinary circumstances necessitating expedited processing. Further instructions on requesting expedited processing domestically can be found in the USCIS policy memorandum on expedited processing.

    To file with USCIS Guangzhou:

    We will grant an exception to Lockbox filing and permission to file Forms I-601 at an international office if:

    • The applicant resides in a country where a USCIS office is located;
    • There are exceptional and compelling humanitarian circumstances that require immediate filing and adjudication; and
    • Expedited processing would not address the urgency of the circumstances.

    For information about the exceptions to Lockbox filing and permission to file Forms I-601 at an international office, including examples of possible qualifying circumstances, please see the USCIS policy memorandum on exceptions for international filing.

    To request an exception to Lockbox filing and permission to file at this office, please contact USCIS Guangzhou for further instructions.

    Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal

    Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To obtain consent to reapply for admission to the United States after having been deported or removed, or because you unlawfully returned to the United States without admission after a previous removal or after previous unlawful presence.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Those who have been granted an exception to Lockbox filing and given permission to file an associated Form I-601 at an international office, as described in the tab on Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    File with the USCIS office in the United States indicated in the Form I-212 instructions.

    If you need to file both Form I-212 and Form I-601, file them together at the Lockbox address specified in the Form I-601 instructions.

    If USCIS Guangzhou decides that exceptional and compelling humanitarian circumstances warrant filing your Form I-601 with USCIS Guangzhou, you can also file the Form I-212 with the Form I-601.

    If you file Form I-601 and Form I-212 together, be sure to submit the correct filing fee for each separate form.

    Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

    Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To petition for your relative to join you—a refugee or asylee—in the United States.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Approved refugees or asylees file this application in the United States for their qualifying relatives living abroad.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    Please see the Form I-730 form page for filing instructions.

    If you...

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    Have a relative who is a beneficiary of a Form I-730 residing in:

    • Anhui,
    • Chongqing,
    • Fujian,
    • Gansu,
    • Guangdong
    • Guangxi,
    • Guizhou,
    • Hainan,
    • Henan,
    • Hubei,
    • Hunan,
    • Jiangsu,
    • Jiangxi,
    • Ningxia,
    • Qinghai,
    • Shandong,
    • Shaanxi,
    • Sichuan,
    • Xinjiang,
    • Tibet (Xizang),
    • Yunnan, and
    • Zhejiang

    Contact you, your relative and any representative of record to initiate processing once it has received the Form I-730 from the appropriate USCIS Service Center.

    Please Note: It is important to contact USCIS Guangzhou if the beneficiary's contact information listed on the Form I-730 has changed.

    Due to customs delays, it may take up to two months for a Form I-730 on Form I-730 has changed. You should inform us of any such changes by forwarded by the service center to reach this office.

    Contact this office for case status inquiries only when more than two months have passed since you received a Form I-730 Approval or Transfer Notice from the Service Center and you have not received any correspondence from USCIS during that two month period.

    Collection of Re-entry Permit

    Collection of Re-entry Permit

    Purpose:

    To pick-up a re-entry permit that was approved through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, allowing lawful permanent residents to return to the United States after travel abroad in certain circumstances.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    For those who have submitted an application for a re-entry permit through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document in the United States and have requested that the re-entry permit be sent to the U.S. Consulate/USCIS in Guangzhou.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    This office does not adjudicate re-entry permits. If we are provided with contact information, USCIS Guangzhou will contact the applicant when the Form I-131 has been approved by an office in the United States and the re-entry permit is ready for collection. If you believe that the permit has been sent to USCIS Beijing and you have not heard from us, you may send us an inquiry.

    Instructions on how to obtain or replace a re-entry permit are found at How Do I Get a Re-Entry Permit.

    Fingerprint Collection

    Fingerprint Collection

    Purpose:

    To support certain applications and petitions pending with a USCIS international office and, in some cases, domestic office.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Generally, individuals residing in China may request biometrics (e.g., fingerprints and photographs) collection associated with the following forms after USCIS has requested biometrics in association with the adjudication of that form type:

    Notes for Active Duty Military:

    If you are an active duty military service member or dependent stationed abroad and are filing:

    Then:

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

    You may have your fingerprints taken on a military base and do not need to appear at a USCIS office for a biometrics appointment.

    Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

    The Conditional Lawful Permanent Resident (CLPR) does not need to attend a biometrics appointment. Instead your military base point of contact (POC) can take the CLPR’s fingerprints on a fingerprint card which you may include when mailing the petition in to a USCIS office in the United States.

    Note: Dependents must include the USCIS biometrics fee when filing the Form N-400, even if your fingerprints were taken on the U.S. military base.

    For All Other Forms Not Listed Above:

    Biometrics collection is usually scheduled at an Application Support Center (ASC) based on the applicant’s address of record.

    In rare circumstances, field office directors may use their discretion to collect biometrics that were initially scheduled to be taken in the United States. When deciding whether to collect biometrics at an international field office, field office director's will take into account resource constraints, and also consider appropriate supporting evidence the applicant provides as well as the following factors:

    • An appointment notice showing that biometrics collection was scheduled at a domestic USCIS office;
    • Evidence of extenuating circumstances that would require the individual to depart the United States before having his or her biometrics collected as indicated in the appointment notice. For example, these circumstances might include, but are not limited to, the need to assist a critically ill family member, an unexpected immediate job transfer, or other urgent need; and
    • Evidence that the applicant requested an expedited or rescheduled appointment at an ASC before leaving the United States and, if not, an explanation of the reasons for failing to request an expedited or rescheduled appointment.

    For Those Residing Abroad:

    • Evidence of the compelling circumstances or hardship that would prevent the applicant or petitioner from traveling back to the United States for an ASC appointment. Generally, the expense of traveling back to the United States would not, in itself, be considered a hardship. Because of the small number of staff in our international offices, you may experience a delay in appointment availability for biometrics collection.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You can contact USCIS Guangzhou to determine whether you are eligible to have your biometrics captured at this office or for further information.

    *Note: The available fingerprinting services noted above are only applicable if you live in a country with a USCIS office.

    **Note: USCIS international offices do not handle visa processing for T or U visas. However, they do assist T visa applicants and U visa petitioners with biometric services relating to the underlying Form I-914 or Form I-918 processed by a USCIS domestic office. The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Section handles visa processing.

    Request for Review of a Denial of Refugee Status

    Request for Review of a Denial of Refugee Status

    Purpose:

    To request review of a denial of an application for refugee status (Form I-590).

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Individuals who have applied for and been denied refugee status through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You may file by mail with the international field office with jurisdiction over your refugee case or submit to the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) that prepared your refugee case.

    For information on other immigration benefits, please visit uscis.gov. For your convenience, we have provided links to information on some commonly asked about services:

    • Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e): Used to petition to bring your fiancé(e) (K-1) and that person's children (K-2s) to the United States for marriage to you, or to bring your spouse and that person's children (K-3 and K-4 visas, respectively) to the United States to complete processing for permanent resident status. You can also read more about fiancé(e) visas on the USCIS website.
    • Our USCIS Contact Center has additional information available on its Web page (you must live in the United States or its territories to call for live assistance).

    Visas

    For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visa Services section of the Department of State’s website.

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