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Required Documents
 

This section provides a listing and brief summary explanation of the required documents for K1 (fiancé/e) and K3 (spouse of a U.S. citizen) visas, in addition to providing required documents for all other immigrant visas (IR1/CR1, IR2/CR2, F2, F3, F4, work related visas). 

K Visas

The beneficiary is responsible for ensuring that all required documents are available at the time of the interview. Failure to bring all required documentation to the interview may result in a delay in visa issuance or a visa refusal. The following documents must be available for the interview:

  1. The Appointment Letter.
  2. Visa Photos: Four (4) standard color visa photographs. Please click here for visa photo instruction.
  3. DS-160: Effective immediately, the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application will replace the DS-156 Electronic Visa Application form (EVAF), the DS-156K (Nonimmigrant Fiancé Visa Application), and the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Parts I) for processing K-1 and K-2 nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications. Please note: For K visa cases in process, the DS-160 is not required when, prior to October 7th, 2013, one of the following situations exist: 1) The K visa applicant was already scheduled for an interview. 2) The K visa applicant has already been interviewed and has been requested to submit additional documentation or is pending administrative processing. 3) The K visa applicant has already submitted a valid, signed, unexpired DS-156, DS-156K and/or DS-230 or received instructions to do so. The form DS-160 is available at: https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx. For Frequently Asked Questions for the online DS-160, please go to: http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_4401.html
  4. Identification (ID) Card: Copy and original.
  5. Household Registration Book: Copy and original.
  6. Beneficiary’s Birth Certificate: Copy and original. If you have any adopted children, you must submit an official adoption decree.
  7. Petitioner’s Birth Certificate: Copy and original. In case you do not have the petitioner’s birth certificate, the officer will review the case and give further guidance at the interview.
  8. Marital Status Documents:
    • Copy and original Marriage Certificate for spousal (K-3) visa beneficiaries; Beneficiary’s evidence of the legal termination of any prior marriages: Divorce Decree or Death Certificate of ex-spouse, if applicable. Copy and original (Please arrange in chronological order);
    • Petitioner’s evidence of the legal termination of any prior marriages: Divorce Decree or Death Certificate of ex-spouse, if applicable. Copy and original (Please arrange in chronological order).
  9. Original Justice Record Check #2: Must be issued within the past year by the Department of Justice office in your district of official residence for each beneficiary age 16 and over.
  10. Original Foreign Police Certificates: are requested if the applicant aged 16 and over from any country OUTSIDE of Vietnam in which you resided for at least six months since age of 16 or older. For further information please visit the Department of State’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3195.html#police 
  11. Court and Prison Records- Copy and original. 
  12. Military Record: Copy and original. 
  13. Passport valid for at least eight months past the date of issuance: Copy and original. We require one photocopy for each beneficiary, including children who are listed in their parents’ passports.
  14. Evidence of Support: The petitioner must submit a complete original signed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support for his/her principal beneficiary and one copy for each accompanying beneficiary. The original form I-134 must be accompanied by records of the petitioner’s income for the most recent tax year. The preferred record of income is the Complete Income Tax Return Transcript from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (formerly IRS Form 1722). However, W-2s and/or a certified copy of a complete federal tax return (Form 1040), including all pertinent schedules, might be acceptable in some cases. When applicable, the joint sponsor must include all of the documents listed above plus proof of immigration status such as photocopies of his/her U.S. Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, Naturalization Certificate, or Lawful Permanent Resident Card. The officer will make the decision whether a joint sponsor is qualified at the interview.
  15. Evidence of Relationship: You should be prepared to present suitable documentation to establish the genuine nature of the relationship with the petitioner and your children who will be traveling to the U.S. as derivatives on the petition filed for you. 
  • Please label and itemize all material in chronological order and separate them into two groups: before and after engagement/marriage.
  • Evidence may include, but is not limited to, photos, correspondence, phone bills, and other relevant items to demonstrate to the consular officer the credibility of the relationship with the petitioner. Please note that you should remove your photos from albums and bring loose photos only.
  • Evidence of relationship between family members may consist of old household registration books (ho khau), old school transcripts (hoc ba), old photos, hospital birth records, baptism books, etc. 

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All Other Visas

 

When a beneficiary’s case file is ready for an immigrant visa interview, the National Visa Center (NVC) will schedule an interview appointment. The beneficiary is responsible for ensuring that all required documents are available at the time of the interview. While the beneficiary may have previously submitted the majority of required documents to the National Visa Center (NVC), the beneficiary may not have submitted all necessary documents to the NVC. Failure to bring all required documentation to the interview may result in a delay in visa issuance or a visa refusal. The following documents must be available for the interview:

  1. The Appointment Letter
  2. Visa Photos: Four (4) standard color visa photographs. Please click here for visa photo instruction.
  3. DS-260: Beginning September 1, 2013, most new immigrant visa petitions filed after that date will require beneficiaries to complete the online paperless DS-260 application form and the DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent) in lieu of the old DS-230 (Parts I and II) and DS-3032 forms. If your petition was filed before September 1, 2013, and the National Visa Center (NVC) has confirmed all required documents are complete, you may still use the old paper DS-230 form Parts I & II during your application. However, if your petition was filed after September 1, 2013, you will now begin using the paperless DS-260 application form and the DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent). Please note: Some petitions filed before September 1, 2013, may also require the paperless DS-260 application in lieu of the DS-230 forms. Those instances include those cases: 1) That have not yet been sent for scheduling. 2) After September 1, 2013, have received a request from NVC with a “checklist” of missing documents. For additional answers to common questions about the DS-260 form, please visit the DS-260 FAQs page. Electronic Immigrant Visa Application Form DS-260: Complete in English the form DS-260 for each applicant who is listed as an eligible traveling applicant.  The form DS-260 is available at http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_1342.html. Please note that when you are on the login page to download the Form DS-260, you are required to enter the NVC Invoice ID number. Please enter the principal applicant’s DOB in YYYYMMDD format in lieu of an “Invoice ID”.
  4. Identification (ID) Card: Copy and original.
  5. Household Registration Book: Copy and original.
  6. Beneficiary’s Birth Certificate: Copy and original. If you or any children were adopted, you must submit an official adoption decree.
  7. Petitioner’s Birth Certificate: Copy and original. In case you do not have the petitioner’s birth certificate, the officer will review the case and provide guidance at the interview.
  8. Marriage Certificate:
    1. Copy and original of Marriage Certificate if you are married.
    2. Beneficiary’s evidence of the legal termination of any prior marriages: Divorce Decree or Death Certificate of ex-spouse, if applicable. Copy and original (Please arrange in chronological order).
    3. Petitioner’s evidence of the legal termination of any prior marriages: Divorce Decree or Death Certificate of ex-spouse, if applicable. Copy and original (Please arrange in chronological order).
  9. Original Justice Record Check #2: Must be issued within the past year by the Department of Justice office in your district of official residence for each beneficiary age 16 and over.
  10. Original Foreign Police Certificates: are requested if the applicant aged 16 and over from any country OUTSIDE of Vietnam in which you resided for at least one year since age of 16 or older. For further information please visit the Department of State’s websiteb at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3195.html#police.
  11. Court and Prison Records: Copy and original (if applicable).
  12. Military Record: Copy and original (if applicable).
  13. Passport: valid for eight months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States: Copy and original. We require one photocopy for each beneficiary, including children who are listed in their parent’s passport.
  14. Evidence of Support: The petitioner and/or ioint sponsor(s) must submit a complete, original, signed Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) for each principal beneficiary and a copy for each member of the beneficiary’s family who will be traveling to the U.S. as a derivative in the petition filed for the beneficiary. Each original I-864 must be accompanied by tax records for the most recent tax year. The preferred record of income is the Complete Income Tax Return Transcript from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (formerly IRS Form 1722). However, W-2s and a certified copy of a completed federal tax return (Form 1040), including all pertinent schedules, might be acceptable in some cases. For further information about the I-864, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov.
    • If an I-864 or I-864A is submitted by a joint sponsor or his/her household member, he/she must submit proof of his/her legal status such as a copy of his/her U.S. Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, Naturalization Certificate, or Lawful Permanent Resident Card.
    • In case your petitioner has already submitted these financial documents to the National Visa Center, you do not need to re-submit them at the interview. If not, please be prepared to submit them on your interview date. In some cases, if your financial documents do not meet the guideline qualifications, you may be requested to submit other financial documents after your interview.
  15. Evidence of Relationship: Be prepared to present relevant documentation to establish the genuine nature of your relationship with the petitioner and your derivative family member(s) (if applicable).
    • Spousal cases: Please label, itemize all material in chronological order and separate them into two groups: before and after marriage. Evidence may include but is not limited to photos, correspondence, phone bills, and other relevant items to demonstrate to the consular officer the credibility of the relationship with the petitioner. Please note that you should remove your photos from albums and bring loose photos only.
    • Employment based petitions: A recent letter from the prospective employer in the U.S. confirming that the job offer is still available and detailing the essential elements of the job offer. The letter should be on the business organization’s letterhead stationery and must be original, signed and notarized.
    • Other cases: Old household registration books (ho khau), old school transcripts (hoc ba), old photos, hospital birth records, baptism books, etc. which support the claim of a petitionable relationship.

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