Amid rising concerns of COVID-19 outbreak in Vietnam, Hanoi authorities announced mandatory face mask wearing in public and enclosed spaces. Other provinces may apply similar counter-outbreak measures depending on their local situations. The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City recommend that all consular customers, including visa and American Citizen Services customers coming in for consular services wear face mask when entering U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General premises.

Services for making new visa fee payments will be suspended on June 16, 2023. Do not attempt to make a visa fee payment on June 16, 2023. The services will become available for visa fee payments on June 17, 2023. Additionally, there could be a delay in updating visa fee information mentioned on this site. Please refer to the official notice, “Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increases”, on this site for additional details.

The U.S. Department of State has increased certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fees. These fee increases are effective June 17, 2023.

  • The application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s), and other non-petition based NIVs, such as student and exchange visitor visas, has increased from $160 to $185.
  • The application fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) has increased from $190 to $205.
  • The application fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (E category) has increased from $205 to $315.

Nonimmigrant visa applicants who are in an urgent need to travel should continue to follow the instructions here to request an expedited appointment. Fiancé(e) and immigrant visa applicants who have questions about their specific case may contact the Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit here. We encourage you to book your appointment as soon as you think you may need to travel in the future.

For 221g applicants going to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, you may come to the consulate for an interview anytime between 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, except holidays and other days where the Consulate may be closed for other work-related purposes. Please check the Consulate website for the latest operating hours. If you submitted your mail-in visa application more than 6 months before the interview, then you will need to provide a new visa photo.

Check your email and phone the day before your scheduled visa interview to ensure that your appointment has not been rescheduled or cancelled. Arrive no more than 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Please do not enter the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate General if you are feeling ill or have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19. You may reschedule your appointment.

Effective February 7, 2022, the Pick-up / Drop off of your passport / documents at the courier locations and delivery service for return of your passport / documents will be changed as follows

    • Pick-up / Dropoff of passport / documents at Bưu cục Thanh Xuân - 1 Nguy Nhu Kon Tum (Hanoi) and Văn phòng 18A Cộng Hòa, Phường 12, Quận Tân Bình (HCMC)
    • Drop-off of passport / documents at any other courier location will be charged a fee of VND133,000 per passport / document at the time of drop-off;
    • Pick-up of passport / documents at any other courier location will be charged a fee of VND143,000 per passport / document at the time of pick-up;
    • Expedited delivery service will be charged at VND240,000 for mailing address in Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City and VND302,000 for mailing address in other provinces per passport / document;
    • Regular home delivery service will be charged at VND143,000 per passport / document;
    • The fees will be collected in cash when the passport / document is delivered. Exact change required.
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Starting May 12, 2023, noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers will no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States. For further information, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website here

Secretary Blinken, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months. This policy is in effect until further notice. This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff. Travelers are encouraged to review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for detailed information on what services are currently available as well as eligibility information and instructions on applying for a visa without an interview.

All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date

  • Applicants should use the Vietnamese-language video guide to complete the DS-160. All applicants must fill out a new Form DS-160 for every new application for a U.S. visa. All previously submitted DS-160 forms cannot be used for a new visa interview.
  • Using a barcode number from the DS-160 that is not submitted to schedule an interview appointment will result in appointment cancellation.
  • The barcode number on the DS-160 Confirmation page that visa applicants bring on their interview dates must be exactly the same one used to schedule the appointment. Failure to present the DS-160 Confirmation page with the same barcode number that you used for scheduling your appointment will result in the cancellation of your visa interview appointment.
  • Correction of the DS-160 confirmation number after you have scheduled an appointment is available until two business days before your visa interview. To correct the number, please log in to your profile, and select “Update profile” or contact the call center for assistance. If your DS-160 confirmation number is not corrected before two business days prior to your appointment, your interview will be cancelled, and you will have to reschedule your interview appointment.
  • Please make sure you come to your interview with an Appointment Confirmation Sheet bearing the most up-to-date DS-160 barcode number; and the new/valid DS-160 Confirmation page

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Vietnam. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Vietnam.