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Preparing for Your Interview at the Consulate

A successful visa interview hinges on being prepared.  This means not only having your application in order but also bringing the necessary documentation to the consulate. Here's a comprehensive guide on what to bring to an immigrant or K-1 visa interview at the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:

Required Documents

  1. Cover Sheet: While not always explicitly mentioned, some consulates require a cover sheet to be submitted with your application package. This sheet typically serves as a title page for your documents and may include your name, application type (e.g., visa category), and reference number. Check the consulate website for specific instructions on whether a cover sheet is needed and, if so, what information it should contain.

  2. Address Registration Confirmation Page: Visit ustraveldocs to create an account, register your address, and print out the Address Registration Confirmation Page. This document is crucial for some visa applications, particularly immigrant visas. It serves as proof of your residency in Vietnam. Ensure you bring a copy of the Address Registration Confirmation Page to your interview and whenever you are scheduled to come to the U.S. Consulate after your interview. Failure to submit this Confirmation Page could delay the visa processing and visa delivery. 

  3. Completed application form: Ensure you have filled out the application form (DS-160 or DS-260) accurately and completely. Print a confirmation page for your records.

  4. Appointment letter: Bring a printed copy of your appointment letter with the barcode.

  5. Passport: Your original passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the U.S. If you have a new blue-covered Vietnamese passport, ensure it is endorsed with your place of birth.

  6. Passport photos: Two recent passport-sized photos are required, meeting the U.S. Department of State specifications.

  7. Proof of identity: Bring a copy and original of your government-issued ID card.

  8. Proof of address: This could be a utility bill, bank statement, or rental agreement in your name.

  9. Household Registration Book (if applicable): A copy and original of your Household Registration Book is required in some cases.

  10. Birth certificates: You'll need copies and originals of birth certificates for yourself, the petitioner (if applicable), and any children listed on your application.

  11. Marriage certificate (if applicable): A copy and original of your marriage certificate is required if you are married.

  12. Evidence of termination of prior marriages (if applicable): This could include divorce decrees or death certificates.

  13. Police certificates: You'll need a non-expired original police certificate from Vietnam and any other country you've resided in for more than six months.

  14. Court and prison records (if applicable): Copies and originals of any court or prison records you may have.

  15. Military record (if applicable): A copy of your military record is required if you served in the military.

  16. Medical examination results: Bring the original medical examination results or the Information Sheet provided by the panel physician.

Evidence of Support

  • For Immigrant Visa (IV) applicants: The petitioner and any joint sponsor must submit a completed and signed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, for each eligible traveling applicant. Include a photocopy of the petitioner and joint sponsor's IRS tax transcripts and relevant income documents.

  • For K Nonimmigrant Visa applicants: The petitioner may complete and sign Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, for the principal applicant and one copy for each eligible traveling applicant. A photocopy of the petitioner's IRS tax transcripts and relevant W-2s must be included.

Evidence of Relationship

  • Fiancé(e) cases (K visa): Provide labeled and itemized chronological documentation separated into two groups (before and after engagement) such as photos, correspondence (emails, letters), and phone bills.

  • Spousal cases: Similar to fiancé(e) cases, you'll need labeled and itemized chronological documentation separated into two groups (before and after marriage) such as photos, correspondence, and phone bills.

  • Stepchild: You'll need the original marriage certificate of the petitioner and your biological parent, a photocopy, and any divorce records for any previous marriages of either parent.

  • Employment-based petitions: A written statement from your U.S. employer on the employer's stationery, originally signed and notarized, confirming that the employment is still available.

  • Other cases: You may need to submit additional documents depending on your specific situation, such as old household registration books, school transcripts, old photos, hospital birth records, or a baptism book.

By gathering the necessary documentation, you'll be well-prepared for your consulate interview. However, there's more to a successful interview than just paperwork. Here are some additional helpful tips:

  • Copies and Originals: Bring both copies and originals of all required documents. Ensure the copies are clear and readable.

  • Translations: Any documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. The translator must include a statement certifying the accuracy of the translation and their competency to translate.

  • Order and Organization: Arrange your copies of documents in the order listed on the consulate's website and separate the originals from the copies.

  • Dress Code: Dress professionally and conservatively for your interview.

  • Arrive Early: Plan to arrive at the consulate at least 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time.

  • Be Honest: Provide truthful and accurate information throughout the application process and interview.

  • Be Polite and Respectful: Treat the consular officer and consulate staff with courtesy and respect.

Remember, a well-prepared applicant with a genuine purpose for travel has a higher chance of visa approval. By following these guidelines and presenting yourself professionally, you can increase your chances of a successful interview at the consulate.

Need assistance preparing for your immigrant visa interview? Give us a call at (512) 894-9984.  


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