The COVID-19 Pandemic has in no doubt permanently altered the way business is done across many industries and professions. From international borders closures to internal movement control orders, activities and transactions which were once routine and seamless are now complex and difficult. Despite all of the hardship caused by the pandemic, there are many silver linings which are expected to continue for years to come.

Enterline and Partners is pleased to be a part of one of those silver linings by announcing that one of our clients has successfully been issued a CR-1 Immigrant Visa through Direct Consular Filing (“DCF”) at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.  What makes this  DCF case special is that, the couple, an American citizen and Vietnamese citizen were lawfully married during the height of a full-scale lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City which was done to contain community transmission spread. While prohibited from going outside even for basic essentials, our clients were able to marry online by proxy.

Following the marriage and the lifting of movement restrictions, our office filed a DCF request with the Consulate’s Immigrant Visa Unit on the basis of a job offer for the American citizen petitioner. The Consulate agreed to accept the DCF request and allowed our client to file the I-130 Petition with the Consulate,  bypassing the traditional process of filing with the I-130 Petition with the United States and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and then processing through the Department of State’s National Visa Center. The process took about six weeks to obtain the issuance of our client’s CR-1 Immigrant Visa opposed to 12-18 months if our client filed the I-130 Petition with USCIS.

For more information on proxy marriages and filing an I-130 Petition through DCF, contact us today at and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Office

Suite 601, 6th Floor, Saigon Tower
29 Le Duan Street
Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tel: +84 933 301 488


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Manila, Philippines Office

LKG Tower 37th Floor
6801 Ayala Avenue
Makati City, Philippines 1226

Tel: +632 5310 1491


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