The Immigration Law in Vietnam obliges foreigners staying or working in Vietnam to obtain visa and permits to comply with local regulations.
Vietnam Business Visa
A business visa in Vietnam, categorized as a DN business visa, is granted to foreigners who present an invitation letter from a business partner based in Vietnam. The so-called sponsor must sign and stamp an application dossier prior to a foreigner’s arrival in the country.
Cekindo, as a Vietnam-based consulting company, can act as a sponsor and prepare an invitation letter for foreigners who do not have a Vietnamese sponsorship.
The visa is usually valid for one, three or six months and can be extended before it expires. Foreign nationals can apply for both multiple and single-entry business visas depending on their preferences. The application process usually takes 48 hours.
A work permit enables foreign workers in Vietnam to be employed and conduct business activities that result in a profit. However, strict restrictions apply, and companies interested in hiring an international worker must prove their future employees have:
- Higher education
- Related working experience
- Expertise in the chosen field of employment
Furthermore, health check certification, criminal record and other documents must be presented to the Department of Labor, Invalid and Society.
A work permit is issued for 12 months and can be renewed once. The length of the application process is estimated to take 15 working days.
Temporary Residence Card (TRC)
Holders of a valid work permit in Vietnam, members of the Board/Directors of a Joint-Stock Company, founders of companies in Vietnam, professionals, students and trainees via national working or studying programs are eligible candidates for a temporary residence card.
The main purpose of the card is to prove an identity and serve as an entry visa when travelling to Vietnam. Foreigners staying in Vietnam should apply for a TRC immediately after the arrival to the country, and the processing takes from 5 to 7 working days.