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Non-Immigrant Visas


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.

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.

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.

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    The Consular Section, U.S. Embassy Hanoi will be closed on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24, 2016 during the visit of President of the United States Barack Obama to Vietnam. 

    We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. 

    If you are contacting us regarding a true emergency involving the safety or security of a U.S. citizen, please call the Embassy 24/7 switchboard at (84-4) 3850-5000.

    Please note that answers to the most common questions and inquiries can be found on our web-site at or

  • Reduction of Visa Appointment

    We are very excited that President Obama is coming to Hanoi!  The U.S. Embassy will be extremely busy over the coming weeks to prepare for this historic visit and, unfortunately, we will need to reduce the daily number of visa appointments .  If you already have a visa appointment scheduled over the next two weeks, you may receive notice that the appointment has been rescheduled to a new date after President Obama’s visit. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

    We expect to resume normal operations on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  As always, we strongly recommend that you refrain from finalizing your travel arrangements, including purchasing your airline ticket, until you have received your visa in hand.  Applicants in Hanoi who have an urgent need for travel should contact the the Call Center at 19006444, or at  

  • Mail-In Visa Renewal Program expanded!

    Have a current U.S. visa or one that expired in the last 48 months?  Want to save time and money and avoid coming to the Embassy or Consulate for an interview?  You may be able to take advantage of our expanded visa renewal program.

    Applicants may now qualify to renew their visas by mail if their prior visa expired no more than 48 months ago, and meet all the other requirements for renewal without interview.  For more information, please visit

    Please note that to renew an E, H, L, P, or R visa, the prior visa must still be valid or must have expired no more than 12 months ago.

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Visa status check

  • CEAC 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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