Security Regulations

Once your appointment for a visa interview has been confirmed, you will receive an appointment notice with the appointment time. Your appointment time on the appointment notice is the time you are expected to arrive at the Consulate, not the time that you will interview with an officer.

Every person attending the interview must bring a copy of the appointment notice on the day of their interview at the Consulate. Anyone whose name is not listed on the notice will not be allowed to enter the consulate.

You will not be admitted to the Consulate before your scheduled time. If you arrive at the consulate more than 30 minutes after the scheduled appointment time, you will be asked to re-schedule your appointment.

The consulate cannot store prohibited items for you.

Please be aware that the following items are prohibited inside the consulate:

  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kind
  • Sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files
  • Battery-operated or electronic devices such as:
  • Mobile Phones
  • Pagers
  • Cameras
  • Laptops
  • Portable music players
  • Hand held video game players
  • USB drives
  • Floppy disks
  • Audio/video cassettes
  • Compact Disc
  • Sealed envelopes or packages
  • Earplugs, headphones or any other listening devices (*hearing aids are permitted)
  • ALL bags such as travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather, cloth bags, and zip folder
  • Food items, including bottled water (*baby formula/food may be excepted)
  • Cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, lighters

Please note: is the only website that the U.S. Consulate General authorized to provide visa information and visa application services. The U.S. Consulate General does not endorse or have a "special relationship" with any other individual or business that offers advice or assistance with the visa process. No one can guarantee the issuance of a visa to you. The only U.S. consular office in Guangzhou is located in Huaxia Road Zhujiang New Town. All U.S. government forms are free. Beware: many visa applicants lose money or are permanently barred from the United States as a result of misleading information and fraudulent applications provided by visa consultants.

In order to ensure timely processing of your visa application, please adhere to the following guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a significant delay in the processing of your visa application.

All Applicants:

• You have a photo taken less than six months ago. The photo is square-shaped (50mm X 50mm), in color with a white background, facing forward, not digitally altered, and you are not wearing colored or eye altering contacts lenses.  Starting November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos.  For further details on photo requirements please visit this website.

F and J applicants: 

• You have an original I-20 (F visa) / DS-2019 (J Visa)

• You already paid your SEVIS fee and the current SEVIS status is Initial or Active.

Accompanying persons for immigrant visa applicants:

• At the discretion of the consulate, applicants may bring ONE person to help if they are elderly or disabled.

• Minor applicants under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent, a legal guardian, or an individual having legal custody of, or a legitimate interest in the applicant to act as the minor's proxy for the purpose of attesting to and biometrically signing the application.  The adult must possess official government photo identification.  Accompanying adults who do not have a legal relation to the minor should bring a notarized signed affidavit from the minor’s parent or legal guardian/custodian authorizing them to act as the minor’s proxy for this purpose.

•Due to limited space in the visa waiting room, we cannot accommodate visa petitioners or attorneys at the visa interview. For more information, please visit this website.