US gov't announces visa renewal via post

Representatives from the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday announced that the expansion of visa renewal by post has taken effect on April 1.

Countrywide Consular Coordinate at the consulate David McCawley  said at a press conference about visa renewal via post in order to facilitate for the visa application procedure and bring safety to those who ask for visa extension.

The program allows those visa applicants to extend U.S. nonimmigrant visa post  without reinterview if their visa is an E, H, L, P, or R class visa and still valid or expired less than past 48 months, or other kinds of nonimmigrant visa which is still valid or expired less than last  12 months ago.

In the end of the visa adjudication process, Vietnam Post will return applicants' documents and passport to applicants at the chosen document delivery address in the profile within 6 or 8 days. More detailed information is launched at

Mr. McCAwley said that as Vietnam and the US have been going to become members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreements and mark the 20th anniversary of the normalization of Vietnam - US diplomatic relationship the two sides would facilitate travelers including cost cut and visa extension.

Many enterprises in the two countries support policies to lift visa requirement for visitors or visa extension of American residents into Vietnam and vice versa. Currently, the visa extension for American residents into the Vietnam is 3 months and 12 months for Vietnamese citizens into the US.

By Khanh Minh - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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