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Guide to Residency in Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: How to get residency in Vietnam. A Guide for Expats, Retirees and Immigrants in Vietnam.

Obtaining a residency visa in Vietnam is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Vietnam gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents for residency status in Vietnam. These documents include:
    • Valid passport
    • Visa
    • Proof of address
    • Proof of employment
    • Proof of financial stability
  • Visit the local Immigration Office in the area you are living in. You will need to fill out an application form and submit the necessary documents.
  • Pay the application fee. The fee will vary depending on the type of residency status you are applying for.
  • Wait for the Immigration Office to process your application. This can take up to several weeks.
  • Once your application is approved, you will be issued a residency card. This card will need to be renewed every year.
  • Apply for a Tax Number.
    • Visit the local Tax Office in the area you are living in.
    • Fill out an application form and submit the necessary documents.
    • Pay the application fee.
    • Wait for the Tax Office to process your application. This can take up to several weeks.
    • Once your application is approved, you will be issued a Tax Number.

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What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Vietnam?

"Married a Vietnamese woman. Got a 5 year visa and then a 3 year ID Card. Very easy process," said one expat living in Ho Chi Minh.

"If you plan to stay in Vietnam for a while, you will need to apply for a residence permit or a visa that allows you to reside in the country. The Vietnam visa application process is quite straightforward and usually takes only a few days to be approved. Once you have your visa, you will need to apply for a residence permit, which is a process that involves submitting relevant documents such as copies of your passport, accommodation address in Vietnam, proof of employment, bank statements, and other documentation required by the Immigration Department," wrote a member in Vietnam.

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"To enter Vietnam, foreign visitors must apply for a visa prior to their travel. Citizens from certain countries can apply for a visa on arrival, while other nationalities must apply in advance for a visa through a Vietnamese embassy or consulate in their country of origin. To apply for a visa, travelers must submit the appropriate application form, valid passport, copies of their passport and a passport photo, and the necessary visa fee. To apply for residency in Vietnam, foreign nationals must submit a valid passport, a valid visa, proof of medical insurance, a medical certificate, notarized copies of educational documents, valid return flight tickets and proof of sufficient funds. Depending on the type of visa and residence permit, additional documents may be required. After the necessary documents are submitted and approved, the foreign national can receive a residency card that is valid for one year," commented one member living in Vietnam.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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