To settle in Vietnam, you will need a valid visa or a stay permit.
Since January 1st of 2015, there are more than 20 types of visa to travel or settle in Vietnam. The visa duration may reach up to 3 to 5 years according to your situation.
To apply for a resident permit, you can turn to immigration offices or to intermediaries such as travel agencies or lawyers.
Warning: if you move to Vietnam for professional purpose, you need to acquire a work permit before arriving in Vietnam and getting a work visa.
The different types of visa for expats:
• Work visa:
LD, DN: To get this one, you must have an employment contract signed with a company in Vietnam. This visa allows foreign employees to stay in in the country for a maximum of 2 years.
DT: This one is made for foreign lawyers and investors, for a maximum stay of 5 years.
• Student visa:
Visa DH: valid for one year.
• Resident card: To get this permit, you either need to open your own company, to have an employment contract in Vietnam, or to have a relative having this permit. It is valid for 5 years and can be used as an ID card (in supplement to passport).
• TT visa for relatives of workers, investors or lawyers in Vietnam. It is made for spouses and children under 18 years old of a LD or DT visa holder.
• Retirement visa: there is no official visa for people who would like to live in Vietnam without a job contract, a real estate investment or a relative living in Vietnam.
• Visa exemption or miễn thị thực: it is made for children or spouses of Vietnamese citizens. This visa exemption is valid for 5 years.
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