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The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong has been in existence since 1843. It began with a single Consul General who conducted business from his residence. From the early 1920's the Consulate General offices were housed at 9 Ice House Street; later they were moved to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank building. The Consulate General moved to the present location on 26 Garden Road in the late 1950's.
Source: Know Your Consulate: A Guide for U.S. Citizens in Hong Kong
- James B. Cunningham, Consul General
- Consular Section - The Consular Section is composed of the American Citizens Services Section and Visa Sections. American Citizens Services deals with the variety of problems which confront Americans abroad, from replacing passports to providing U.S. tax forms. The Visa Sections handle both immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
- U.S. Commercial Service - U.S. Commercial Service in Hong Kong is responsible for U.S. export development activities in Hong Kong and Macau. They also work in collaboration with our China offices to promote exports to China, using Hong Kong as a springboard.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service) - The primary duties of the CIS in Hong Kong are: i) to assist consular sections in the PRC, Hong Kong and Macau by rendering decisions regarding petitions and other applications filed by U.S. citzens and resident aliens residing abroad; ii) to determine which refugees are admitted to the U.S. Refugee Program and iii) to investigate claims made in behalf of aliens seeking entry into the U.S. under the skilled and unskilled labor categories. Tel: (852) 2841-2262; Fax: (852) 2845-4727
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ICE is responsible for combatting trade based money laundering, human trafficking and smuggling, illegal diversion of US srategic technology and commodities (e.g. weapons of mass destruction, chemical, biological, and nuclear proliferation) to proscribed nations, commercial fraud such as fraudulent textile transshipments, Intellectual Property Rights violations, smuggling of child pornography, and alien detection and removal. Address: 11th Floor, St. John's Building, 33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong. Inquiry hotline: (852) 2524-1136
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CBP combined the inspectional workforces and broad border authorities of U.S. Customs, U.S. Immigration, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the entire U.S. Border Patrol. CBP is responsible for the inspection and screening of cargo and passengers entering the United States. CBP is also responsible for ensuring the integrity and security of the supply chain through programs such as the Container Security Initiative and Customs Trade Partnerhship Against Terrorism which cooperation with both foreign governments and trade sector Likewise, CBP is engaged in trade facilitation, by giving advice on US government procedures and regulations with respect to import and export, duty rates, and merchandise classification to trading industry, traveling public, and foreign government counterparts. Address: 11th Floor, St. John's Building, 33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong. Inquiry hotline: (852) 2524-1136
- U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, Agricultural Trade Office - The primary role of the ATO is to promote the export of U.S. agricultural products and to improve access for these products in foreign markets. The ATO takes the lead in promoting American food, fiber and forest products to Hong Kong importers and consumers.
- Public Affairs Section - The Public Affairs Section performs two primary functions in Hong Kong; it is both a source of information on official U.S. Government policy and a coordinator of U.S. educational and cultural exchanges with local partners.
- Economic/Political Section - The Economic/Political Section monitors economic and political events in Hong Kong, China, and the region. Officers from the Economic/Political Section frequently represent the United States in dealings and negotiations with the Hong Kong Government.
- Publications Translation Section - Publications Translation Section: Selects and translates articles from Chinese and Hong Kong publications for the U.S. Consulate General.
- General Services Office
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