Lunar New Year “Tet” 2018 Holiday Schedule – IV Unit

U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL HO CHI MINH CITY – IMMIGRANT VISA UNIT LUNAR NEW YEAR “TET” 2018 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE The Consulate General’s Immigrant Visa Unit will be closed from Wednesday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018 for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays. IV applicants who have been asked to submit additional documents should not plan ...
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“Tet” 2018 Holiday Schedule – ACS Unit

U.S. Mission Vietnam’s Consular offices will be closed for the “Tet” holidays: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018 The Consular offices will re-open on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. To ensure sufficient time to process services for U.S. citizens, especially processing and returning passports before Tet, we ask that you please follow the ...
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NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Vietnam who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal ...
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Important Notice

The Ho Chi Minh City Consular Section will provide limited visa services for three weeks prior to APEC Leaders’ Week in Da Nang.  B1/B2 and K1 visa appointments will be offered only for emergency cases between October 30 and November 14.  Please see our web site for instructions regarding expedited B1/B2 and K1 appointments .  Appointments for other visa categories, ...
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Annual limit reached for family/employment preference immigration visas

Each year, the number of immigrant visas in the family-sponsored preference (F1, F2, F3, and F4) and employment-based preference categories is limited. There are no more visas available in most of these categories until the new fiscal year. Applicants in these visa categories who have been told they will be issued a visa and have ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Hanoi Consular Section to Close for Renovations

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 The U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Hanoi will be closed September 5-22 due to renovations. During this period, the American Citizen Services Unit will only provide life and death emergency services. Routine services such as passport renewals, reports of birth abroad, and notarials are not considered emergencies and will be processed through  online appointments  starting on September 25. If you ...
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Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam?

You may obtain a Vietnamese visa in three ways:  (1) in advance from a Vietnamese consulate or Embassy; (2) a Vietnamese single-entry e-visa at the website of Vietnam Immigration Department (please view our E-visa Application Steps for more instructions); (3) or you may obtain a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival.  To obtain a written approval letter, you must ...
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Typhoon Season 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) expects five to eight tropical cyclones to affect the central Pacific this season.  If you are a U.S. Citizen traveling or residing in Vietnam, you may enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive safety messages and other travel information.  During the approach of ...
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Ambassador Osius Assists American Citizens

Ambassador Osius lent a hand to American citizens while visiting Ho Chi Minh City last week.  The U.S. Consulate helps more than 100 U.S. citizens in Vietnam every day.  The U.S. Consulate serves American citizens in Vietnam by responding to emergencies, reporting births of newborn Americans, notarizing documents, and assisting Americans in need.  For more ...
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Consular Officers Continue Processing Nonimmigrant Visa Renewals

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will continue processing nonimmigrant visa renewals for applicants whose visas are still valid or expired within the last 12 months. If you meet this and the other requirements, you may be able to take advantage of our convenient visa renewal ...
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Consular Officers Engage Vietnamese Students

Consular Officers met with Vietnamese students to provide free, honest, and current information about studying in the United States.  Over 15,000 people viewed the event on Facebook and another 2,000 people attended the event.  Vietnamese students learned how to choose a school and apply for a visa.  The U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City ...
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Visa Policy Unchanged for Vietnamese

The United States’ top Consular Officer in Vietnam told Thanh Nien Media that Vietnamese citizens are largely unaffected by recent U.S. immigration policy changes.  He encouraged Vietnamese students and tourists to continue to travel to the United States. He also assured Vietnamese U.S. Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs, or green card holders) that they can travel ...
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Consular Chief Discusses Changes to the Visa Renewal Program

The United States’ top Consular Officer in Vietnam discussed recent changes to the nonimmigrant visa renewal program with Phap Luat (Vietnamese).  He explained,  “The Executive Order does not make any changes specific to Vietnamese applicants…U.S. visa officers will continue to apply the same law and standards when making their decisions about individual applicants. We continue to issue ...
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Severe Weather Notification Policy Change

This message is to inform U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Vietnam that the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will not routinely send out security messages regarding weather-related events via the MASCOT email notification service.  Instead, U.S. Embassy Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City ...
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Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballot

Message for U.S. Citizens Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots 5 October 2016 Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away!  Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close ...
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Vietnam Extends Visa Validity for U.S. Citizens Traveling for Business and Tourism

HANOI, April 11, 2016 – On April 9, the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam approved a plan to issue 12-month, multiple-entry visas to American citizens who travel temporarily for business or tourism. The new reciprocity arrangement, which is expected to enter into force in late May or early June, will benefit American ...
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Important Change to your Passport

After December 31, 2015, visa pages can no longer be added to U.S. passports because such inserts pose vulnerabilities to both the security of the ePassport and the internal controls of the issuance process.  Instead, 52-page passport books are now issued at no extra cost to U.S. citizens applying from outside the United States. Please renew your ...
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