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.
New visa application process: We have now transitioned to a new appointment system which is now available at ustraveldocs.com/vn. For answers to your questions, please contact our Call Center locally at 19006444 or from the U.S. at (703) 665-7350. For frequently asked questions about this new process, please click HERE.
Visa renewal by mail - "Dropbox": If you are renewing your visa, you may be able to do so by mail. Check if you are eligible for the renewal without interview “dropbox” program. All applicants eligible for renewal by mail MUST print two copies of the dropbox confirmation letter with barcodes. One copy of the letter will be submitted to the Vietnam Post location, and one copy MUST BE INCLUDED with your passport, application, and other supporting documents for renewal. Your renewal by mail cannot be processed without the dropbox confirmation letter.
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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