Covered topics: Vietnamese Name Order, CSPA, Security Regulations & Prohibited Items, K1 Appointment Scheduling, Brown Travel Packet, IV Address Registration, Electronic Processing.
- TOPIC: Vietnamese name vs Name on Visa
True or False? My Vietnamese name is Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, but the issued visa lists my Given Name as: Thi Thu Trang. This is incorrect! The Consulate must change it to Trang Thi Thu because that is how Vietnamese names work!
The correct answer is: FALSE. According to our regulations, we MUST print the visa based on the information on your Vietnamese passport. If the Vietnamese passport shows the full name as: “Nguyen Thi Thu Trang”, the visa will show “Nguyen” as Surname and “Thi Thu Trang” as Given name. No adjustments can be made. Other federal agencies, such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), are aware of this practice.
- TOPIC: Check CSPA for Children
Many applicants wait until after their interview to check if their children are qualified under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). Don’t let this be you! Waiting to check CSPA can delay visa processing and provides no benefit to the applicant. If you have children who are over 21 years old, contact the Consulate AT LEAST 3 DAYS before your interview.
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- TOPIC: Security Regulations and Prohibited Items
True or False? You can bring your laptops or iPads with you to the Consulate, especially if you don’t want to get bored while waiting for your interview.
The correct answer is: False. Laptops, iPads, tablets, and other large devices are considered prohibited items and therefore they are NOT allowed inside the Embassy/Consulate premises. In addition, we cannot store these items for you. You may still bring smaller electronic devices, including mobile phones, but you will have to leave them at the security checkpoint before entering our offices. Please plan accordingly! Go retro for your entertainment needs and bring a book or magazine.
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- TOPIC: Schedule K appointments after receiving Packet 3 K
Please do NOT take any action until you receive and respond to the Instruction Package Letter (PKT3 – K) from the Consulate. Some people scheduled their interview without following the instructions listed in the Instruction Package Letter (PKT3 – K) and their interview appointment was cancelled. Save your time and efforts! Wait until you receive the official instructions from the Consulate.
- TOPIC: Do not open the travel packet
True or False? I received my visa and sealed brown envelopes. However, there is one brown envelope with one corner cut. I should open this envelop to check the documents inside.
The correct answer is: False. All sealed brown envelopes must remain sealed and opened by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the port of entry. If you attempt to enter the United States when these envelopes have been unsealed, you may have trouble at the port of entry.
If you accidentally open it, please contact our office immediately.
- TOPIC: Register Address for Immigrant Visa Delivery
True or False? Immigrant visa applicants must register their mailing address prior to the interview so that the Consulate can deliver their approved visa to them.
The correct answer is: True. To be able to receive their approved visa, each immigrant visa beneficiary that has been assigned a case number must follow the instructions here to create their account and register their delivery address. Otherwise, our office will NOT be able to deliver your visa to you.
- TOPIC: Electronic Processing
Some applicants may now enjoy the convenience of electronic processing. Just follow instructions you receive from the National Visa Center or the Consulate. One useful tip: Look at your issued visa! If there’s an annotation saying “IV DOCS IN CCD”, it means your visa was issued through the new electronic process, and you do not need to hand-carry a sealed envelope when you enter the United States.
Still confused? Don’t worry! Contact us and we’ll let you know what your next steps should be.