Procedures for applying for Vietnam temporary residence card for foreigners

The Vietnam temporary residence card is a type of document issued by the immigration management agency or the authorized agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam for foreigners who are allowed to reside in Vietnam for a limited period of time and is valid as a substitute for a visa.

(Vietnam temporary residence card)

1. Cases eligible for a Vietnam temporary residence card

Cases eligible for a temporary residence card include:

  • Case 1: Foreigners who are members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, international organizations under the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations in Vietnam and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, and domestic servants accompanying them during their term.

The temporary residence card in this case is marked NG3.

  • Case 2: Foreigners entering Vietnam with a visa marked LV1, LV2, LS, DT1, DT2, DT3, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD1, LD2, TT. 

The temporary residence card in this case is marked similarly to the visa symbol.

For the meaning of the symbols of each type of visa, please refer to: https://vietnamwp.com/nhung-quy-dinh-can-biet-ve-thi-thuc-viet-nam/

TRC DT(Vietnam temporary residence card ĐT)

2. Procedures for applying for a Vietnam temporary residence card

  • A request letter for issuing a temporary residence card (form NA6 for organizations and agencies, form NA7 for individuals)
  • An application form for a temporary residence card for foreigners (form NA8)
  • Supporting documents demonstrating eligibility for a temporary residence card such as a work permit or other valid documents.
  • 2 passport-sized photos (1 photo to be attached to the application form and 1 separate photo)

3. Procedures for granting Vietnam temporary residence card

The procedures for obtaining a temporary residence card in Vietnam are as follows:

  • For cases falling under situation 1, where the foreigner is a member of a diplomatic mission or international organization, the relevant agency should submit the request to issue the temporary residence card (marked as NG3) to the authorized agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • For cases falling under situation 2, where the foreigner has entered Vietnam with a visa marked as LV1, LV2, LS, ĐT1, ĐT2, ĐT3, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LĐ1, LĐ2, TT, the relevant agency or individual inviting or guaranteeing the foreigner’s stay should submit the application directly to the immigration authority at the place of the agency or individual’s headquarters.
  • Within 5 working days from the date of receiving a complete application, the immigration authority or the authorized agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will consider and issue the temporary residence card.

4. Vietnam temporary residence card validity:

  • The validity period of a temporary residence card is shorter than the remaining validity period of the passport by at least 30 days.
  • Temporary residence cards marked with DT1 have a validity period of no more than 10 years.
  • Temporary residence cards marked with NG3, LV1, LV2, LS, DT2, and DH have a validity period of no more than 5 years.
  • Temporary residence cards marked with NN1, NN2, DT3, and TT have a validity period of no more than 3 years.
  • Temporary residence cards marked with LD1, LD2, and PV1 have a validity period of no more than 2 years.
  • Expired temporary residence cards can be considered for the issuance of a new card.

5. Vietnam temporary residence card fee:

  • Temporary residence cards with a validity period from 1 year to no more than 2 years: 145 USD.
  • Temporary residence cards with a validity period from 2 years to no more than 5 years and no more than 10 years: 155 USD.

6. Frequently asked questions about Vietnam Temporary Residence Card

Question 1: Can a foreigner with a DN1 visa apply for a temporary residence card?

Answer:

According to Article 36 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam 2014 (amended by Clause 14 of Article 1 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam amended in 2019), the Vietnam Temporary Residence Card is currently only granted to those who enter Vietnam with LV1, LV2, DT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD1, LD2, TT visas. DN1 visa does not fall within the category of visas eligible for the Vietnam Temporary Residence Card.

However, if you have a DN1 visa and a valid work permit for more than 12 months, you can convert your DN1 visa to a Temporary Residence Card (TRC) with the LD2 symbol.

Question 2: Can a company guarantee a temporary residence card for foreigners who are not eligible for a work permit?

Answer: Yes

According to Vietnamese law, the Vietnam Temporary Residence Card is currently only granted to those who enter Vietnam with LV1, LV2, DT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD1, LD2, and TT visas.

The LD1 visa is granted to foreigners who are not eligible for a work permit.

Therefore, companies can guarantee the issuance of the Vietnam Temporary Residence Card with the LD1 symbol for foreigners who are not eligible for a work permit.

Above are some legal issues related to the procedure for applying for a Vietnam temporary residence card for foreigners. If you need more in-depth advice on this matter, please contact Quan Lieu Service for quick, effective, and cost-saving consulting! You can contact us via Hotline: 0966 222 840 or chat with our consultants on our website.

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