Embassy Name & Address
Consulate General of the United States of America
Consular Section- Immigrant Visa Unit
4 Le Duan Blvd., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: (84-8) 3520 4200
The Information Unit receives phone calls from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, except Thursday, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Getting Fiancee or spousal visas for Vietnam is much harder than from most other countries. The consular officers in Ho Chi Minh City apply a higher standard before they accept that a relationship is genuine. They expect a petitioner to have made multiple trips, to have had a long engagement, and to be able to communicate well with his fiancee in vietnamese or english.
Obtaining Police Certificate
She should contact the Vietnam Department of Justice office, in her district of official residence, and obtain a "Justice Record Check". (Issued within past 6 months)
If she lived outside of Vietnam after she reached the age of 16, she should ALSO obtain a police certificate from EACH Country/Region she lived in.
Medical Exam Details
After she has mailed her readiness documents to the consulate, she should receive confirmation from the consulate her packet has been received, along with instructions to obtain a medical exam. She should arrange to have her medical at latest 1-2 weeks before her consulate interview. It is recommended she brings her vaccinations up to date while at the clinic. This is required later when she applies for her Green card in the USA, so by doing it now she will save herself time and expense later.
Then she should make an appointment with a Panel Physician listed below. At the appointment, bring her Interview Appointment Letter, Vaccination Record, Passport, and 2 Passport Photos.
The fee for each applicant aged 15 or over is US$100 and for each child under 15 is US$70. Cho Ray hospital accepts fees only in Vietnam Dong; the International Organization for Migration (IOM) accepts fees only in US dollars.
Cho Ray Hospital (CRH)
Visa Medical Unit
201B Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Ward 12, District 5, HCMC,
Tel: (84-8) 3856 5703,
The International Organization for Migration (IOM)
1B Pham Ngoc Thach Street,
District 1, HCMC,
Tel: (84-8) 3822 2058/3822 2057/3822 2061,
By Fred Wahl