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Your case is with the Immigrant Visa Unit (IV)
 

The third step in the immigrant visa process is with the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The process a case follows once we receive it in the IV Unit depends on the type of visa and where the petition was approved. For cases scheduled by the NVC, please see Section I. For K1 and K3 petitions please see Section II

Note: Legal representatives are not permitted to attend the immigrant visa interview. Our officers are trained to conduct interviews in Vietnamese. If the beneficiary is still unable to understand the questions posed to him/her, we provide a local employee who will translate for the beneficiary.

  • If the petitioner is in the Ho Chi Minh City area at the time of the beneficiary's visa interview, the petitioner may accompany the beneficiary. However, please note that the interview is scheduled specifically to evaluate the beneficiary's eligibility, and the petitioner may be asked to wait in the waiting area. The interviewing officer will speak to the petitioner only if he/she determines it is necessary for the assessment of the case. 
  • If the beneficiary is unable to attend the interview appointment, please go to Interview for further instructions.
  • Your case may be terminated if you fail to pursue the application within one year of your appointment date.

Section I: NVC and Consulate Scheduled Appointments

The IV Unit does not contact beneficiaries prior to their interview day. If the beneficiary has not received the appointment letter from the NVC one week before the scheduled interview appointment, he or she can contact our office.

 It is important that the beneficiary be well prepared for the day of his/her visa interview. The beneficiary will need to have a medical exam completed at one of the designated hospitals. To avoid delay, it is recommended the beneficiary complete the medical examination before the interview day. In addition, the beneficiary needs to make sure that all personal information is correct and that all documents are in order before the day of the visa interview.

Note: Documents previously submitted to the NVC do not have to be submitted again.

For instructions on where to go for the medical examination, vaccinations, and paper arrangement, please click here. On the scheduled interview date, the beneficiary appears at the Consulate General with the appointment letter and other supporting documents For further information about the interview process, please click here

If you still have any questions, please contact us via our online inquiry form.

Section II: K-1 Fiancé(e) or K-3 Visa Cases

Once the IV unit receives the physical file from the NVC, we mail the Instruction Package to the beneficiary. The Instruction Package includes a cover letter and instructions. The beneficiary should fill out the forms DS-2001 and DS-230 Part I and return them to us as soon as possible. We schedule the beneficiary for a visa interview after we receive these forms and mail an Appointment Package to the beneficiary that includes an appointment letter and instructions on the medical examination, vaccinations, paper arrangement, and instructions on how to prepare for the interview. Appointments are usually scheduled 1-3 months after we receive the DS-230 Part I, and the Appointment Package is mailed to the beneficiary 2-3 weeks before the scheduled appointment date. Note: As standard practice, our office will always contact the beneficiary via mail. Therefore, the beneficiary should notify us immediately if there is a change in mailing address via our online inquiry form

It is important that the beneficiary be well prepared for the day of his/her visa interview. The beneficiary will need to have a medical exam completed at one of the designated hospitals. To avoid delay, it’s recommended the beneficiary complete the medical examination before the interview day. In addition, the beneficiary needs to make sure that all personal information is correct and that all documents are in order before the day of the visa interview. On the scheduled interview date, the beneficiary appears at the Consulate General with the appointment letter and other supporting documents. For further information about the interview process, please click here.  

If you still have any questions, please via our submissions form.

Note: As standard practice, our office will always contact the beneficiary via mail. Therefore, the beneficiary should notify us immediately if there is a change in mailing address via our online form.  

It is important that the beneficiary be well prepared for the day of his/her visa interview. The beneficiary will need to have a medical exam completed at one of the designated hospitals. To avoid delay, it is recommended the beneficiary complete the medical examination before the interview day. In addition, the beneficiary needs to make sure that all personal information is correct and that all documents are in order before the day of the visa interview.

On the scheduled interview date, the beneficiary appears at the Consulate General with the appointment letter and other supporting documents. For further information about the interview process, please click here.

 

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