Bangkok’s Local Policy on Issuing B Visas

1. Describe Bangkok’s local policy on issuing B visas. 2. How does HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) typically handle B visa adjudications for pregnant mothers who wish to give birth in the U.S.? 3. How does HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) typically handle B visa adjudication for dependent parents? 4. How does HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) typically handle B visa adjudication for domestic employees? 5. How does HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) typically handle B visa adjudication for cohabitating partners of NIV (nonimmigrant visa applicant) or USC (U.S. citizen)?

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ANSWER: 

1. Bangkok does not have any “policy” on evaluating B-1/B2 visa applications other than the approaches outlined in 9 FAM.  Each case is treated individually and is decided based on the personal interview.

2. One case may require a particular piece of information and the other case may not require the same information.  However, in some cases, presenting certain information may help the applicant explain their B-1/B-2 qualifications.  For example, pregnant mothers traveling to give birth may wish to demonstrate their ability to pay their medical expenses.

3. Dependent parents may wish to demonstrate family and financial ties to Vietnam.  As noted in 9 FAM, each case is treated on an individual basis.

4. Domestic employees must demonstrate the duration of employment and contractual agreement with the employer.

5. Partners of U.S. citizens must demonstrate the length of the relationship with the U.S. citizen and strong personal ties with long term plans to maintain residency in Vietnam.  HCMC does not have any specific requirements for documents beyond the basic documentary requirement for an NIV application; however, as mentioned in 9 FAM, consular officers may request additional information.

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