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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2022)

According to the Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam that came into force from July 10, 2020, there are new regulations on types and time limits of visas. We are happy to update you as follows:


  1. Visa means a document issued by a competent authority of Vietnam to a foreigner to grant entry into Vietnam.
  2. A temporary residence card is a document issued by an immigration authority to a foreigner who is permitted to reside in Vietnam for a certain period of time. This card has the same validity as a visa.
  3. A visa may be used once or multiple times and its purpose must not be changed. Visa shall be issued and attached to a passport, issued separately or issued via an electronic transaction or according to lists issued by immigration authorities. Each person shall be issued with a separate visa, except for children under 14 who will be issued with visas in the same passports of their parents or guardians.
  4. A visa of an individual cannot be repurposed, except for cases: He/she presents documents proving to be an investor or a representative for a foreign organization investing in Vietnam; He/she presents document proving his/her relationship with the person inviting or sponsoring his/her entry into Vietnam such as parents, spouse, children; He/she is invited or sponsored by agencies or organizations and presents work permit or confirmation of eligibility for work permit exemption according to labor laws.


There are 03 types of foreign organizations:

  • SYMBOL NN1 – issued to Managers of representative offices or projects of international organizations and foreign non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.
  • SYMBOL NN2 – issued to heads of representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.
  • SYMBOL 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.


The validity of issued temporary resident cards shall be at least 30 days shorter than the remaining validity of passports

  1. The duration of DT1 temporary residence card shall not exceed 10 years.
  2. The duration of DT2, NG3, LS temporary residence card shall not exceed 5 years.
  3. The duration of DT3 and TT temporary residence card shall not exceed 3 years.
  4. The duration of LD1, LD2 temporary residence card shall not exceed 2 years
  5. An expired temporary residence card shall be considered for the issuance of a new one.


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  • VIVA is a business consulting company, specializes in business compliance procedures according to local business laws and regulations since 2006. VIVA has been continuously trusted by thousands of well-known clients since 2006.
  • The insights and consistent backgrounds in Business Laws – Accounting and Corporate Finance – Tax Management – Labor Relations and Payroll – Secretarial services help us build trust and confidence in the entrepreneur's community.
  • We have been successfully providing service for thousands of leading companies from Hong Kong, Japan, US, EU, Singapore, India, China, Korea…. in forms of FDI companies, Foreign representative offices, Foreigners working in Vietnam, Vietnamese SMEs, Chief Operation Officers.

What we do

  • Services for Expats in Vietnam: Visa, Work Permit, Temporary residence card, Compulsory Insurances, Personal Income tax, Labor contracts, Employment Records and Relations, Other Secretarial Services.
  • Services for Representative offices in Vietnam: Establishment, extension of representative office licenses. Required compliance procedures during operation. Rights and obligations of the chief of representative office. Closure of representative office risks management.
  • Services for a company in Vietnam: Setting up a new company and licensing service. Business records management. Daily business transactions management. Tax management. Accounting and financial statements. Employments, payroll and compulsory insurances. Representative on behalf of competent state agencies for any business administration procedures.


Motivated by our core values of ceaseless improvement, our great insights in local business culture and regulations, as well as the exclusive services, promise to offer you one-stop and tailored-made solutions that optimize every of your business in Vietnam in the lawful manner.

We are looking to be your valued business partner and resources in Vietnam as we have been choosing since 2006.


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