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.
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
After having received the K petitions from the NVC, the Consulate will contact the applicant with the Instruction Package advising the applicant of how to schedule a visa interview appointment online and which required documents need to be prepared prior to the interview with the Consulate. The applicant should NOT make the interview appointment until after they have received the Instruction Package from the Consulate. The applicant must complete and submit the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160. Print out and send the confirmation page of the Form DS-160, together with the 2 visa photos, and copy of passport for each applicant in the family to the Consulate. In the meantime, the applicant should follow the below procedure:
- Visit www.ustraveldocs.com, follow step-by-step instructions to create an account, and print a personalized bank deposit slip.
- Take the deposit slip to any HSBC bank or Vietnam Post location to pay the visa application fee.
- Schedule an online appointment for the visa interview at www.ustraveldocs.com or by phone through the Call Center at 19006444 if you are in Vietnam or (703)665-7350 from the United States.
- The passport and visa will be delivered at no additional cost if the application is approved.
As soon as the applicant has scheduled the online appointment at www.ustraveldocs.com and printed the Appointment Confirmation Sheet, the applicant must visit the Consulate designated panel physician for the medical exam processing. On the interview date, the applicant arrives at the Consulate at the appointed time with the Appointment Confirmation Sheet and the required documents indicated in the Appointment Confirmation sheet and the Instruction Package. The link to the Instruction Package can be found at http://photos.state.gov/libraries/hochiminh/231771/PDFs/K-INSTRUCTION.pdf. Please click here for further information about the interview process.
If you have questions regarding your interview schedule, you may contact the Call Center at 19006444 if you are in Vietnam or (703)665-7350 from the United States. If you have specific questions regarding the K1 visa process, please contact us via our online form.
Note: As standard practice, our office will always contact the applicant via mail. Therefore, the applicant should notify us immediately if there is a change in mailing address via our online form.
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