New COVID-19 Restrictions for HCMC and Elsewhere, Limited Consular Services

Message for U.S. Citizens: New COVID-19 Restrictions for HCMC and Elsewhere, Limited Consular Services Ho Chi Minh City: On July 9, 2021, Vietnamese authorities implemented Directive 16 in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding areas for 15 days. This directive requires many types of businesses that had been able to operate under the previous directives …

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Change to Regulations Regarding Importation of Dogs into the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that beginning July 14, 2021, there will be a temporary suspension prohibiting the entry of dogs into the United States arriving from Vietnam. On an extremely limited basis, the CDC has the authority to issue advance written approval—a CDC Dog Import Permit—to bring a dog into …

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Ho Chi Minh City U.S. Consular Services Unavailable Due to Directive 10

In accordance with Ho Chi Minh City authorities’ Directive 10, the Consular Section will be closed for all routine services until further notice. Those seeking emergency services from our American Citizen Services Unit should contact us here . Those with questions about immigrant visas should contact us here. Those requiring nonimmigrant visas for emergency travel or who …

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Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Juneteenth! Today, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, which commemorates the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States with a federal holiday. The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will therefore be closed today for routine Consular services and will reopen …

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Ho Chi Minh City U.S. Consular Services Unavailable June 1 – June 11

The U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for routine Consular services at least until June 11, 2021.  All consular appointments including visa interviews, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) interviews, passport renewals, and notary services are cancelled and will require rescheduling.  U.S. citizens may request an emergency American Citizen Service …

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HCMC Consular Section to Limit the Number of Appointments

Given the current COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will limit the number of applicants and customers allowed to enter the U.S. Consulate General.  As a result, several American Citizen Services (ACS), Immigrant Visas (IV), and Nonimmigrant Visas (NIV) appointments will be canceled.  Impacted …

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Expiration of Presidential Proclamation 10052

The U.S. Mission in Vietnam is pleased to announce the resumption of processing of all nonimmigrant visa categories, including H-1B, H-2B, all J, and L nonimmigrant visa applicants and accompanying family members, following the March 31 expiration of Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10052. Individuals who applied and were denied visas under PP 10052 may reapply by submitting a …

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Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014

Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10014, entitled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak,” was rescinded on February 24, 2021.  Instructions for Immigrant Visa Applicants Not Yet Interviewed: If you had been scheduled for an immigrant visa interview at …

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Tet 2021 Holiday Schedule

U.S. Mission Vietnam’s consular offices will be closed for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday: Wednesday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 16, 2021  We will resume normal operations on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  Please note that answers to the most common questions and inquiries can be found on  our website  or  the Department of State’s website .  We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you a …

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U.S. COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City – U.S. COVID-19 Testing Requirements (January 19, 2021) Location: Vietnam Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral …

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Consular Sections Closed on December 24 and December 25

The Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public on Thursday, December 24, 2020 and Friday, December 25, 2020 in observance of Christmas.  If you had an appointment for a visa interview or American Citizen Services for December 24 …

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Do Not Enter the Embassy or Consulate if You have Visited any COVID-19 Outbreak Areas

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE EMBASSY OR CONSULATE GENERAL IF YOU HAVE VISITED  ANY OUTBREAK AREAS identified by the Government of Vietnam within the past 21 days.  Please be aware that the consular sections in Hanoi and HCMC may proactively cancel appointments or screen out customers coming from outbreak regions in the interest of safety. …

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Partial Resumption of Non-Immigrant Visa Processing

  The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate in HCMC are pleased to announce the resumption of visa processing for limited nonimmigrant visa categories, including student visas, beginning July 15. Applicants may apply in the following categories: F, M, certain J (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, specialist, secondary school …

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Useful information for LPRs (green card holders) during COVID-19

If you are a U.S. lawful permanent resident (LPR) stranded outside of the United States due to COVID-19, you may find the information below useful.  Please note, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate do not set travel policies for lawful permanent residents (LPRs).  U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) retains jurisdiction over the status of LPRs and any request for official guidance …

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Tet 2020 Holiday Schedule

U.S. Mission Vietnam’s Consular offices will be closed for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday: Thursday, January 23, 2020, through Wednesday, January 29, 2020. We will resume normal operations on Thursday, January 30, 2020.  Please note that answers to the most common questions and inquiries can be found on  our website  or  the Department of State’s website .  We apologize for any …

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Consular Sections Closed on December 24 and December 25

The Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 and Wednesday, December 25, 2019 in observance of Christmas.  If you had an appointment for a visa interview or American Citizen Services for December 24 …

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2019 “Tet” Holiday Schedule

U.S. Mission Vietnam’s Consular offices will be closed for the “Tet” Lunar New Year holiday: Monday, February 4, 2019, through Friday, February 8, 2019. We will resume normal operations on Monday, February 11, 2019.  Please note that answers to the most common questions and inquiries can be found on our website or the Department of State’s website .  We apologize for any …

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Consular Section remains open for scheduled services

  At this time the Consular Section remains open for scheduled American Citizen Services, immigrant visa (IV), and nonimmigrant visa (NIV) appointments, as well as for emergency services for American citizens.  If you have an appointment, please appear as scheduled.  We will post any changes to the Consular Section’s operating status on this page.  Please …

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Consular Sections Closed on December 24 and 31

  The Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public on Monday, December 24, 2018 in observance of the Christmas Eve and on Monday, December 31, 2018 in observance of the New Year’s Day.  Please visit our Consular Calendar for a …

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Consular Sections Closed on December 5, 2018

The Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 to observe a national day of mourning for the late President George H. W. Bush.  Our offices will resume normal operations on Thursday, December 6.  …

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“Tet” 2018 Holiday Schedule – NIV Unit

U.S. EMBASSY HANOI  CONSULAR SECTION  “TET” 2018 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy Hanoi Consular Section will not be open to the public from Wednesday, February 14, 2018 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018 for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays. The Consular Section will reopen to public on Wednesday, February 21, …

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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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Interviewing for a student visa? Be yourself.

“There are no ‘right’ answers to interview questions,” a Consular Officer told nearly 100 students, parents, and professionals gathered at the American Center on June 30.  Consular Officers want to know the true backgrounds, interests, and motivations of each prospective student.  When interviewing, students should present a credible study plan—that makes sense for them. For …

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NIV Chief Debunks Student Visa Myths

The Nonimmigrant Visa Chief met with 35 representatives from 28 education and student visa information agencies on April 19.  During the interactive session, he debunked common student visa myths and answered many visa-related questions.  This event is a part of the Consular Section’s communication strategy to ensure that prospective applicants receive accurate information.  His presentation …

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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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