Vietnam work visa
Foreign nationals who wish to work lawfully in Vietnam must also acquire a Vietnam Work Visa.
You must prepare a number of documentation for submission with your Work Permit application, but your employer in Vietnam must do it on your behalf.
How to apply for a Vietnam work visa
To apply for a Vietnam work visa, you will need to follow these steps:
- Obtain a letter of invitation from your employer in Vietnam. This letter should be addressed to your home country’s Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.
- Gather the required documents, which may include: a valid passport, two passport-sized photos, a completed visa application form, proof of your qualifications and work experience, and proof of financial support.
- Submit your application and required documents to your home country’s Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.
- Pay the visa fee.
- Wait for the processing of your visa application, which can take several weeks.
- Once your visa is approved, you will need to pick it up from the Embassy or Consulate or arrange for it to be mailed to you.
It is important to note that the process may vary slightly depending on the country you are applying from and the type of visa you seek, so it is best to check with the relevant Vietnam Embassy or Consulate for specific instructions.
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Applying for a Vietnam Work Visa at an Embassy/Consulate
Your company must send you a Letter of Sponsorship or Letter of Entry Clearance, which they must receive from the Immigration Services in Vietnam if you intend to apply for a Vietnam Work Visa at an Embassy or Consulate. They require the following information from you in order to obtain the Letter of Sponsorship:
- Your complete name
- Your country of origin (or nationalities, if you have double citizenship)
- The precise entry and exit dates
- The kind of visa you require (single or multiple-entry)
- The Vietnamese Consulate or Embassy where you will submit your Work Visa application
After receiving it from your employer, you must submit the Letter of Sponsorship along with the Vietnam Work Visa application at the closest Embassy or Consulate.
Applying for a Vietnam Work Visa On Arrival
If you plan to enter Vietnam through one of the following ports of entry, you can apply for a Vietnam work visa upon arrival:
- Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City,
- Noi Bai International in Hanoi
- Danang Airport in Da Nang
- Cat Bi in Hai Phong, and Cam Ranh in Nha Trang are the closest airports.
However, you must first submit an application for a Letter of Approval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department in order to receive the Vietnam Work Visa on Arrival. You can do this online with one of the businesses approved by the Vietnamese Immigration Department.
Documents required for a Vietnam Work Visa
The following paperwork have to be submitted when applying for a work visa for Vietnam:
- Your passport, which is still valid for at least another six months.
- You must transmit a scan of your passport’s personal information and the photo page if you request the Letter of Approval online.
- Recent passport-size photos that meet the standards for Vietnam visa photos
- Dimensions: 4 x 6 cm
- Recently taken, White background
- You must be in the center of the image, looking forward with a serious attitude.
- You may maintain your wig or religious headgear in the photograph, but you must also wear it when you arrive.
- It would help if you were not sporting any eyewear.
If you are applying at an Embassy/Consulate.
- The application for a visa to Vietnam.
- You can obtain the Vietnam Visa Application Form at the Embassy or Consulate, depending on the nation you are applying to.
- Sponsorship/Entry Clearance Letter
- Any other records that may be necessary, including a letter of invitation, by the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.
When requesting a Vietnam visa upon arrival
- Letter of Approval Entry and Exit Form received in advance.
- You must fill out this form before submitting it to the immigration officers at the port of entry.
- You will receive it on the airplane.
- Cash to cover the cost of the Vietnam visa stamping.
Vietnam’s Temporary Residence Card
A Vietnam Temporary Residence Card is a document issued by the Vietnam immigration authorities to foreigners who are staying in Vietnam for a period of more than 6 months but less than 1 year.
It allows the holder to reside in Vietnam during the card’s validity period, and can be used as a form of identification. The card can be renewed if the holder’s stay in Vietnam is extended. To apply for the card, foreigners are required to submit certain documents such as a valid passport, a valid visa or temporary residence permit, and proof of address in Vietnam.
The application process and required documents may vary depending on the individual’s specific circumstances and the immigration policies in place at the time.
What is the duration of a Vietnam Work Permit
The duration of a Vietnam Work Permit depends on the type of permit and the individual’s specific circumstances. Generally, a Vietnam Work Permit is issued for up to 2 years, but you can renew it if necessary.
The duration of the work permit can be different depending on the type of the permit, for example:
- For a highly skilled foreigner, the work permit can be issued for up to 3 years.
- For a foreigner working in the following sectors: IT, engineering, science and technology, education, health care, culture, sports, and environment, the work permit can be issued for up to 5 years.
It’s important to note that the duration of the work permit is linked to the validity of the visa. The foreigner will have to renew both their work permit and visa to continue their stay in Vietnam.