IR and F Visa Application Translation Requirements for Vietnamese Nationals

According to the U.S. Department of State, all visa applicants, including those from Vietnam, must provide documentation in English for the visa application process. If the original documents are in Vietnamese or any other language, they need to be presented with their respective certified English translations. 




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Documents Required for Vietnam

Based on the U.S. Department of State's family reunification visa guidelines:

  • Birth certificates

  • Marriage certificates or other evidences of marital status: this includes divorce decrees or death certificates if previously married

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

  • Proof of the U.S. petitioner's citizenship status: this could be a U.S. passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or certificate of citizenship

  • Any criminal records or police certificates, if applicable

  • Affidavit of financial support or evidence confirming that the petitioner can financially support the beneficiary


Other specific documentation that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Vietnam may request based on the individual case.


Translator Qualifications

As per information from the U.S. Department of State, translators responsible for generating certified English translations don't necessarily need to possess official certifications. However, they must be proficient in both Vietnamese and English. The translation should be accompanied by a statement from the translator attesting to their proficiency in both languages and the accuracy of the translation.

Certification Requirements

Based on directives from the U.S. Department of State, every translated document should be appended with a signed statement from the translator, certifying their fluency in both Vietnamese and English and the accuracy of the translation. It should be noted that Vietnam is not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, so an apostille may not be applicable. Instead, Vietnamese nationals may need certain documents to be notarized or further authenticated. 


It is advised for Vietnamese nationals to directly engage with the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam to get precise and up-to-date requirements specific to their individual circumstances.

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This guide provides a general overview, and for specific, accurate, and detailed advice, consulting directly with the relevant institutions or migration experts is essential. For more detailed information, contact the US Embassy in Vietnam.