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Visa Types - How to live legally in Vietnam

May 23, 2021 | News

Foreigners like to stay in a long-term in Viet Nam because of a good standard of living, low costs and speacially the good control of covid of the Vietnamese government. In order to stay legally in Viet Nam, Expats should study the basic regulations relating to all type visas in Viet Nam, so that they can know rights and obligations of them when they live, study and work in Viet Nam. According to the Law of Viet Nam, there are 20 types of Visa in Viet Nam, including:

1. NG1 - Issued to members of delegations invited by the Secretary General of Vietnam’s Communist Party of, the President of Vietnam, the President of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister.

2. NG2 - issued to members of delegations invited by standing members of the Secretariat of the Vietnam’s Communist Party, Deputy President of Vietnam, Deputy President of the National Assembly, Deputy Prime Minister, President of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, Executive Judge of The Supreme Court, Chief Procurator of the Supreme Procuracy, State Auditor General; members of delegations at the same levels of Ministers, Secretary Generals of Provincial Communist Authorities, President of the People’s Committees of provinces.

3. NG3 - Issued to members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the UN, representative offices of intergovernmental organizations and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, and housemaids during their term of office.

4. NG4 – Issued to persons who come to work with diplomatic missions, consular missions, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to United Nation, intergovernmental representative offices and accompanying spouses, children under 18 years of age; visitors of diplomatic missions, consular missions, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to United Nation and intergovernmental representative offices.”;.

5. LV1 - Issued to people who come to work with units affiliated to Vietnam’s Communist Party; the National Assembly, the government, Central Committee of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, the People’s Supreme Court, the People’s Supreme Procuracy, State Audit Agency, Ministries, ministerial agencies, Governmental agencies, the People’s Councils, the People’s Committees of provinces.

6. LV2 - Issued to people who come to work with socio-political organizations, social organizations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

7. LS – Issued to foreign lawyers practicing in Vietnam.”;

7a. DT1 - Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of VND 100 billion or more or investing in business lines benefitting from investment incentives, in administrative divisions benefitting from investment incentives decided by the Government.

7b. DT2 - Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of VND 50 billion to less than VND 100 billion or investing in business lines benefitting from investment incentives treatment decided by the Government.

7c. DT3 - Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of VND 3 billion to less than VND 50 billion.

7d. DT4 - Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of less than VND 3 billion.”;

8. DN1 – Issued to foreigners working with other enterprises and organizations that are juridical person as per the law of Vietnam.”;

8a. DN2 – Issued to foreigners making entry to promote services, establish commercial presence or conducting other activities according to international agreements to which Vietnam is a signatory.”

9. NN1 - Issued to Managers of representative offices or projects of international organizations and foreign non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.

10. NN2 - Issued to heads of representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.

11. NN3 - Issued to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.

12. DH - Issued to people who come to study or serve internship.

13. HN - Issued to people who come to attend conventions or conferences.

14. PV1 - Issued to journalists who have permanent residences in Vietnam.

15. PV2 - Issued to journalists who come to work for a short period of time in Vietnam.

16. LD1 – Issued to foreigners working in Vietnam and certified of eligibility for work permit exemption, unless otherwise specified by international agreements to which Vietnam is a signatory.

16a. LD2 – Issued to foreigners working in Vietnam requiring work permit.

17. DL - Issued to tourists.

18. TT – Issued to foreigners that are spouses or children under 18 years of age of foreigners issued with LV1, LV2, LS, DT1, DT2, DT3, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD1 or LD2 visas or foreigners that are parents, spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens.

19. VR - Issued to people who come to visit their relatives or for have other purposes.

20. SQ - Issued to people in the cases mentioned in Clause 3 Article 17 of Law on enter, exit, transit and residence of Foreigners in Viet Nam).

The duration of Visas are as following:

1. The duration of a SQ and EV visa is not longer than 30 days.

2. The duration of a HN or DL visa is not longer than 03 months.

3. The duration of a VR visa is not longer than 06 months.

4. Time limits of NG1, NG2, NG3, NG4, LV1, LV2, DT4, DN1, DN2, NN1, NN1, NN3, DH, PV1, PV2 and TT visas do not exceed 12 months.

5. Time limits of LD1 and LD2 visas do not exceed 2 years.

5a. Time limit of DT3 visa does not exceed 3 years

6. Time limits of LS, DT1 and DT2 visas do not exceed 5 years..

7. When a visa is expired, its reissuance shall be considered.

8. The duration of a visa shall be at least 30 days shorter than that of a passport or international laissez-passer.

Conditions for visa issuance

A person shall be issued with a visa when he/she:

1. Has a passport or laissez-passer.

2. Is invited or sponsored by an organization or individual in Vietnam, except for the cases mentioned in Clause 3 Article 17 of Law on enter, exit, transit and residence of Foreigners in Viet Nam.

3. Not suspended from entry in the cases mentioned in Article 21 of Law on enter, exit, transit and residence of Foreigners in Viet Nam.

4. Proof of entry purposes must be provided when applying for a visa in the following cases:

a) Any foreigner who comes to make investment must have papers proving the investment in Vietnam in accordance with the Law on Investment;

b) Any foreigner who works as a lawyer in Vietnam must have a practice license in accordance with the Law of Lawyers;

c) Any foreigner who comes to work in Vietnam must have work permits in accordance with the Labor Code;

d) Any foreigner who comes to study in Vietnam must have written acceptance of a school or an education institution in Vietnam.

Cases of suspension from entry

1. Any of the conditions in Clause 1 Article 20 of Law on enter, exit, transit and residence of Foreigners in Viet Nam is not satisfied.

2. Children under 14 years of age without parents, guardians or authorized custodians.

3. Forging papers or providing false information to obtain entry/exit/residence permit.

4. Any person suffering from a mental disease or infectious disease that threatens the public health.

5. Any person that was deported from Vietnam within the last 03 years.

6. Any person that was compelled to leave Vietnam within the last 06 months.

7. For reasons of epidemic prevention.

8. For reasons of natural disasters.

9. For reasons of national defense, national security, social order, and social safety.

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