Preparing for Your Interview

Please IMMEDIATELY follow the instructions on ustraveldocs website to create an account and register your mailing address for visa delivery.

Immigrant visa interviews are conducted at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive at the Consulate, you will:

  1. Go through security.
  2. Have your fingerprints taken.  Please read the Fingerprinting Instructions here (PDF 449KB).
  3. Submit all required documents and answer some basic questions.
  4. Pay the appropriate fees, if you haven’t paid already.
  5. Interview with an American officer.

If your application is approved, you will submit your passport for visa printing.  We will print your visa in your passport and deliver it to your registered address.  So please ensure your current mailing address and phone number(s) have been updated for the delivery of your passport and immigrant visa here.  Printing of your visa and delivery of your passport takes about two weeks.  There is no fee for delivery.

If your application is not approved, an officer will provide you with an OF-194 (“blue sheet”) that explains the next steps in your application process.

We know you’ve waited a long time for your visa interview.  We appreciate your patience and preparedness.  Below is additional, detailed information about how to prepare for an immigrant visa interview.  You may also watch our video here.

Interviews are done by appointment only.  The National Visa Center (NVC) schedules interviews for all immigrant visa applicants except for K-1 (fiancé/fiancée), and SB-1 (returning resident) visa applications.  K visa applicants can schedule their appointments and pay the visa application processing fee per the instructions here.  K visa applicants should not schedule their appointment until after they have received an Instruction Package from the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.  SB-1 visa applicants can schedule their appointments per the instructions here.

NVC cannot schedule interviews until your case becomes current.  Because the availability of some visas are limited by the U.S. Congress, some visa categories move faster than others.  For information on the different processing dates for each visa category, please visit the visa bulletin.

The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) schedules interviews for Diversity Visa (DV) applicants.  The total number of diversity visas is allocated by visa category and region of the world.  For most recent updated information regarding DV visas allocation, please visit the visa bulletin.

Please follow the steps below to help avoid any unnecessary delays during the immigration process.

Apply in a timely manner

Section 203(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires intending immigrants to pursue their visa applications within one year from the date we send official notice to a beneficiary to apply for an immigrant visa. If the beneficiary fails to take action on the case within a year, the visa petition is temporarily terminated. You are responsible for providing current and correct addresses to the National Visa Center (NVC) or our office to ensure that correspondence regarding visa petitions reaches beneficiaries in time.

Register your address

BEFORE the visa interview, ALL visa applicants must register a delivery address with Vietnam Post for the return of your passport and other documents here.  Your passport (and, in some cases, other documents) will be delivered free of charge to the address in Vietnam that you provide. It is, therefore, important that your mailing address be correct and current.

Let us know if anything changes

Petitions can take a very long time before you get your interview date.  If you have had any significant life changes like marriages, births, divorces or deaths, please let us know by following these steps to update your personal information.  Also, be sure to let us know if someone on the petition may turn 21 years old before their interview. This is important as it relates to the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).

Note: The CSPA does not apply to K1 fiancé(e) visas and applications filed under the Amerasian Homecoming Act.

Complete your medical examination and vaccinations

As soon as you have your interview appointment date, you must visit one of the Consulate’s designated panel physicians for your medical examination and vaccinations.  For more information, please click here.

Be Prepared!

One of the biggest reasons people have to make multiple trips to the Consulate is because they are missing paperwork.  Please ensure you bring all the required documents to your interview, along with any evidence to help prove the relationship being petitioned is bona fide.  Click here for required documents for K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa and other Immigrant Visas.

You will need to bring the following documentation with you to your appointment:

On the scheduled interview date, the beneficiary should appear at the Consulate General with the appointment letter and other supporting documents. Beneficiaries must show their appointment letter and passport to security to enter the Consulate.

We are trained to conduct interviews in Vietnamese. If you still can’t understand the American officer, one of our local staff will help interpret.

Legal representatives are not permitted to attend the immigrant visa interview. Only people listed on the appointment letter are allowed in the Consulate.  Exceptions are made for the following:

  • The petitioner.
  • The parent/guardian of any applicant under the age of 17.
  • The parent/guardian of any applicant who is mentally/physically challenged (handicapped).
  • The son/daughter/caregiver of elderly applicants (over 70 years old).
  • Note:  If you have small children whose names are not on any confirmation letter, you should arrange for alternate childcare during the interview as they will not be allowed in the Consulate.  Any other family members, relatives or friends of the applicant who do not meet one of the four conditions above will not be allowed to enter the Consulate.

Please click here for fee information.  If you’re not sure whether you paid the fee, please bring money to the interview. We accept U.S. dollars and credit cards.

We try to process the applications as quickly as possible.  However, due to the large volume of beneficiaries that are processed daily, beneficiaries should plan on being at the Consulate for several hours.

If you need to reschedule your interview

If for any reason you are unable to attend the scheduled interview appointment, you may reschedule another interview appointment based on your visa category: Immigrant Visa Rescheduling, Fiancé(e) Visas (K1 & K2), or Returning Resident (SB-1).