Amerasians

There are two programs through which Amerasians may apply to immigrate to the United States—the Amerasian Immigration Act and the Amerasian Homecoming Act.

In order to qualify for immigration under the Amerasian Immigration Act, applicants must have been born in Cambodia, Korea, Laos, Thailand, or Vietnam after December 31, 1950, and before October 22, 1982, and have been fathered by a U.S. citizen. Information on how to apply for a visa through the Amerasian Immigration Act, including filing a petition, can be found here.

In order to qualify for immigration under the Amerasian Homecoming Act, applicants must have been born in Vietnam after January 1, 1962 and before January 1, 1976 and have been fathered by a U.S. citizen. Individuals who believe they meet this definition and who wish to be considered for immigration into the United States should submit an inquiry here and provide ALL of the following items:

  1. A typed letter (Please include an ENGLISH translation if the letter is in Vietnamese) stating:
    • full name, date and place of birth of the prospective Amerasian;
    • claimed American father’s full name and date of birth (if available);
    • permanent address and contact information, including phone number, of the prospective Amerasian;
    • a detailed explanation explaining why the applicant believes he/she is an Amerasian; how and when the claimed American father met the prospective Amerasian’s mother, etc.  Please also include copies of any evidence, if applicable.
  2. Copies of birth certificate and ID card.
  3. A visa photo (5cm x 5cm) taken within the last six months.

Please note: Any submissions not containing each of the three items listed above, including English translations, will not be reviewed.  If you do not submit all the required documents, you may not receive a response from the U.S. Consulate.

There is no fee to apply for an Amerasian visa.