July 7, 2020

What is a Temporary Resident Card and How It Benefits You

Vietnam visa is the legal document to allow you to stay and travel in Vietnam but it has a lot of drawbacks, for example the limited validity, complicated procedures for applying and extending. Now, you have another option to legitimate your presence in Vietnam with Temporary Residence Card.

What is a Temporary Resident Card and It Benefits You

According to the Vietnamese Law, Temporary residence card is a document issued by an immigration authority or a competent authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a foreigner who is permitted to reside for a limited period of time in Vietnam. Temporary residence card can be used as an alternative for a Vietnam visa.

Compared to visas, temporary residence cards have many benefits such as easy travel in and out of Vietnam without multiple applications for visas or visa extension. It will save you a great amount of time and effort. Moreover, the procedure to obtain a temporary residence card is pretty simple and straightforward

Foreigners with temporary residence cards are allowed to buy apartments, owning a house in Vietnam. During the validity of the card (from 1 year up to 3 years), non-native citizens can legally stay in Vietnam and do specialized activities such as opening a business, getting married.

Valid Term of Temporary Resident Card

The expired date of temporary residence card in Vietnam must be at least 30 days prior the remaining period of passport.

Temporary residence cards with remarks NG3, LV1, LV2, ĐT and DH are valid for no more than 05 years. Those stamped NN1, NN2, TT are valid for less than 03 years. The symbol LD and PV1 in the residence card implies the validity for no more than 02 years.

Types and Cases of Vietnam Temporary Resident Card

  • NG3: Issued to foreigners who work for diplomatic missions or are members of consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations in Vietnam and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, domestic servants accompanying the tenure
  • LV1: Issued to non-native people who come to work with departments, agencies and units directly under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam; The National Assembly, the Government, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the State Audit, ministries, ministerial-level agencies and government-attached agencies; provincial party committee, city party committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee of province or city under central authority.
  • LV2: Issued to people who come to work with socio-political organizations, social organizations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • ĐT: Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and foreign lawyers practicing in Vietnam.
  • DN: Issued to people who come to work with businesses in Vietnam.
  • NN1: Issued to people who are heads of representative offices and projects of international organizations and foreign non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.
  • NN2: Issued to heads of representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of foreign economic, cultural, and other professional organizations in Vietnam.
  • NN3: Issued to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign businesses, representative offices of economic, cultural and other professional organizations of foreign countries in Vietnam.
  • DH: Issued to those people who come to practice or study.
  • HN: Issued to people who come to attend conferences and seminars.
  • PV1: Issued to foreign residents working as journalists or for the press in Vietnam.
  • PV2: Issued to journalists who come to work for a short term in Vietnam.
  • LD: Issued to people who come to work.
  • DL: Issued to tourists.
  • TT: Issued to foreigners who are spouses, children under 18 years of age of the foreigners issued with LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LĐ visas or foreigners who are fathers, mothers, spouses and children of Vietnamese citizens.
  • VR: Issued to people who come to visit their relatives or for other purposes.

Procedures for Granting Vietnam Temporary Resident Card 

Step 1: Prepare the following documents

  • 01 written request for temporary residence card declaration about foreigners applying for temporary residence card with 02 photos (attached 02 photos sized 3×4 cm)
  • 01 written request for issuing temporary residence card (form NA6 for agencies, organizations, NA7 for individuals);
  • 01 Application form for temporary residence card for foreigners (NA8)
  • 01 copy of valid passport and visa (bring the original for comparison)
  • Documents proving the eligibility for temporary residence card consideration such as: work permit, investment certificate, certificate of head of representative office, established representative office license, business registration license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, household registration…
  • 02 3×4 cm photos (01 photo to be attached to the declaration, 01 separate photo)

Remember that all documents must be translated into Vietnamese and certified or notarized by a competent organization.

Step 2: Apply

Agencies, organizations and individuals submit dossiers at one of the three working offices of the Immigration Department – Ministry of Public Security from Monday to Saturday morning (except New Year holidays, public holidays and Sundays):

  • 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
  • 254 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • 7 Tran Quy Cap, Da Nang City

The processing time is no more than 05 working days since the date of receipt of the full documents.

Step 3: Get results

Officials who receive your dossier will check the legality and content of the file. If the application file is not yet valid, he or she will give further instructions the applicant to complete the application. If it is already complete, valid, then they print a receipt and give it to you with an appointment to return results.

On the date of the appointment, you come back to their office, giving the receipt, identity card or passport to the officials. When every information is matched, you will receive your Vietnam temporary residence card after paying the application fee.

  • Temporary residence card is valid for 01 year: $80/card
  • Temporary residence card valid for over 1 year to 2 years: $100/card
  • Temporary residence card valid for over 2 years to 3 years: $120/card

Still, there are chances that your application is rejected. In such cases, you will still have to pay the application fee.

That’s why it’s better-off applying via an agency like Travel Sense Asia. We have been working in tourism industry, solving multiple visa cases for thousands of foreigners. So, we can promise you a free and easy process of issuing temporary resident cards in Vietnam. Contact us for more information or leave your contact so that we can reach out to help you!

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