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CaptainWillard
9/5/2019 14:07 EST

I have just been appointed a job in Hanoi from my American based university. I am supposed to be in Hanoi next week for an important orientation, but my employment visa, which is done electronically, is still being processed (at the MOJ in Vietnam at the moment) and my vietnamese host claims it will be issued by next week. If they fail to issue it by the time I have to leave the States, can I just show up in Hanoi and enter with a tourist visa on arrival, then after some time take a weekend trip out of country so I can re-enter on my employment visa? I know this is complicated, but if anybody has some insight I would appreciate it!

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swebb
9/5/2019 21:09 EST

Something like this happened to me when I came to Vietnam 5 years ago. My work visa was held up & I came in on a tourist visa until the work visa was processed.
This is in the hands of your potential employer; I would call/email them and ask their advice.I don't see why you couldn't go into the country on a tourist visa while your employer is sorting out the work visa.

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CaptainWillard
9/6/2019 17:43 EST

Thanks for the input. My employer isn't sure what to do.
Now my question is "what do I say to immigration on arrival?" They will ask me the purpose of my trip.
When you did it, did you say "tourism" or "just visiting" ?

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