Welcome to the U.S. Embassy's Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) website! We are pleased that you are interested in traveling to the United States and hope that this website makes it easier for you to select and apply for the proper visa.
Who needs a visa?
Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement, or whose registration has been denied under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
We strongly encourage you to apply for a visa well in advance of your proposed journey, and not to make irrevocable travel plans until you receive your passport with a visa.
How to Apply for a Visa?
To learn about our visa application process and to schedule an appointment, please visit the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website.
Please also go to the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
The Department of State wants to ensure that each nonimmigrant is aware of his/her rights, as well as protections and resources available, when working in the United States. To learn more, review the Nonimmigrant Rights, Protections and Resources pamphlet.
Diplomatic visas and government-sponsored programs
Applicants for no-fee visas in categories including A, G, C-3, government-sponsored J programs, and diplomatic passport holders, please see this page for details on visa processing.
PLEASE BEAR WITH US: We are currently transitioning to a new appointment system, which will be available at www.ustraveldocs.com starting February 22. During this time, no new appointments can be made. However, beginning February 22, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com to start the process of scheduling your nonimmigrant visa appointment. For more information about our new appointment system, please click HERE.
Concerned that someone you know is breaking U.S. immigration law? Do the right thing by reporting incidents of fraud or abuse of U.S. visa and passport law to the U.S. Embassy.
Email us at HanoiFPU@state.gov. Please provide as much detail as possible. The information you provide will help protect both the United States and Vietnam while facilitating legitimate travel.
Visa status check
Applicants for nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) can view the status of their visa cases through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) by entering their DS-160 barcode number and the interview location.
Please note, all nonimmigrant cases created within the past year that have not been closed will be available in CEAC Visa Status Check. Nonimmigrant visa cases that have been closed will be available for three months from the date they are closed.
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