Important Notice Regarding Consular Systems Maintenance—July 28, 2015
Due to planned, routine upgrades to consular systems worldwide, the Immigrant Visa Unit will temporarily suspend processing of any visa applications on Friday, August 7, and Monday, August 10. All applicants scheduled for interview appointments on the morning of Friday, August 7, are now scheduled for an appointment at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 5. All applicants scheduled for interview appointments on the morning of Monday, August 10, are now scheduled for an appointment at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 12. The Immigrant Visa Unit contacted affected applicants via phone or email to inform them of the change.
The Immigrant Visa Unit will also temporarily suspend the acceptance of additional documents on the afternoons of Friday, August 7, and Monday, August 10. Applicants with additional documents to submit should not plan to return to the Consulate to submit documents on these two days.
We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary suspension of visa services may cause.
We are located at 4 Le Duan Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
The Consular Section of the U.S. consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City is responsible for processing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.
What is a visa?
A visa is an endorsement that enables foreign nationals to travel to the United States and apply for admission. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. An immigration inspector from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determines whether or not to admit a visa holder in to the United States for a specified status and period of time.
The type of visa a traveler needs depends on his or her purpose of travel.
What types of visas are there?
The type of visa you must obtain is defined by U.S. immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel. There are two main categories of U.S. visas: immigrant and nonimmigrant.
• The Immigrant Visa (IV) unit of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City processes visa applications of persons seeking to reside permanently in the United States, including family members of U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, fiancé(e)s of American citizens, alien workers, and Amerasians. Applications are made by appointment. To find out more about the IV unit, please click here.
• The Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) unit processes visa applications of Vietnamese and other foreign nationals seeking to travel to the U.S. temporarily for business, pleasure, study or work. Applications are made by appointment. To find out more about the NIV unit, please click here.
Who needs a visa?
All foreign nationals entering the United States must generally obtain a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence unless they qualify for travel under the Visa Waiver Program.
Note: Vietnam currently does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program
Committing visa fraud or providing false information on your petition, visa application or to a Consular Officer may result in the revocation of your petition and/or a permanent ineligibility to travel, work or immigrate to the United States.
The U.S. Consulate does not endorse or have a "special relationship" with any individual or business that offers advice or assistance with the visa process. No one can guarantee the issuance of a visa to you. Visa eligibility can only be determined at the time of the visa interview. 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 providing inaccurate information or using fraudulent applications provided by visa consultants.
The Consulate General treats allegations of fraud or malfeasance in visa processing very seriously. The information you provide to our office will remain confidential and will only be seen by Consular Officers and other U.S. Government employees working on a person’s visa case. We ask that you be honest and as concise in your statement as possible. If you have specific information about an incident of fraud or malfeasance, please email us via HCMCFPU@state.gov.
All visitors are prohibited from bringing the following items into the Consulate:
- Electronic Devices (cellular telephones, Blackberries, PDAs, etc.)
- Recording Devices
- Still Cameras
- Video Cameras
- USB/Thumb Drives
- Laptops/Computers and accessories
- Explosive Devices
- Flammable liquids
- All firearms
- Edged Weapons
- Other items as identified by the Consulate
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Other useful links
• Homepage of the U.S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov
click here to view our Customer Service Statement.
• Visa Information: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html
• Safety and Security of U.S. Borders (biometrics): http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/border-biometrics.html
• Lost and Stolen Passports, Visas, and Form I94: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/lost-or-stolen-travel-documents.html
• International Information Programs http://www.usa.gov
• Other Government Agency Web sites including:
- DHS web homepage: http://www.dhs.gov
- DHS USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov
- DHS-US-VISIT: http://www.dhs.gov/us-visit-traveler-information
- DHS-CBP: http://cbp.gov/
- DHS TRIP for complaints about entry: http://www.dhs.gov/dhs-trip
- USA.gov: http://www.usa.gov/
Immigration and Travel
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