Temporary residence card services for foreigners


In accordance with the Law of Vietnam, the Vietnam temporary residence card is valid to replace Vietnam Visa.

A special advantage of Vietnam temporary residence card is that they can stay in Vietnam for a long time without extending the visa, or they can also enter and exit Vietnam many times during the term of the card without applying for Visa.

VinaSC specializes in offering Vietnam temporary residence card services for foreigners.

VinaSC’s service helps foreigners to own a temporary residence card to meet the needs of long-term living in Vietnam for business plans, investment, and marriage, etc. in a simple and convenient way under a reasonable cost.

Regarding the scope of Vietnam temporary residence card, VinaSC will consult and support forreigners the following contents:

Why should foreigners apply for temporary residence card?

– To have their legitimate interests protected in the Vietnamese territory;
– Visa exemption on exit or entry when carrying a valid temporary residence card;
– To be allowed to enter and exit many times without having to extend Visa;
– To stay in Vietnam within the duration of temporary residence card without many times of Visa extension;
– To be able to stay in Vietnam for a long time during the valid period of the temporary residence card without having to leave Vietnam;
– Foreigners can conduct business, investment, marriage, etc. procedures more easily.

Conditions of requesting the temporary residence card

Pursuant to Article 36 of the Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014, as amended by Clause 14 of Article 1 of the Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2019 has the following cases in which temporary residence cards are granted:

Firstly, foreigners who are members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations of the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations in Vietnam and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, assistant along with the term;

Secondly, foreigners entering Vietnam by Visa LV1, LV2, LS, ĐT1, ĐT2, ĐT3, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LĐ1, LĐ2, TT.

Dossiers for requesting temporary residence card in Vietnam

Pursuant to Article 37 of the Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014 (amended and supplemented in 2019) stipulating procedures for granting temporary residence cards. Pursuant to Article 4 of Circular 31 /2015/TT-BCA stipulating the procedures and competence to process temporary residence card applications, the application dossiers for temporary residence card will be different for each foreigner, generally including:

1. A written request of the agency, organization or individual that carries out the procedures for inviting or guaranteeing;
2. Application form for temporary residence card with photo;
3. Valid passport of foreigners;
4. Documents proving the entry purpose of foreigners in accordance with regulations (Work permit, Certificate of being the head of the representative office, member of the Board of Directors and other valuable papers proving eligibility for granting temporary residence card);
5. 02 photos of size 3×4 cm, white background


Procedure of requesting Vietnam temporary residence card

Pursuant to Article 4 of Circular 31/2015/TT-BCA stipulating procedures and competence to process temporary residence card applications:

Step 1: Prepare dossiers in accrodance with regulations;

Step 2: Submit dossiers at the immigration management agency where the inviting or guarantoring agency and organization is headquartered or where the inviting or guarantoring individual resides. The officer receiving the application shall check the legality and content of the application:

– If application is enough và valid, it will be received and printed. The officer will hand over the receipt and set the date of results return.
– If application is not valid, the officer receiving the application shall guide the applicant to supplement the dossier for completeness.

Step 3: The immigration management agencies or competent agencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs consider granting temporary residence cards to foreigners within 05 working days from the date of receiving enough dossiers.

Temporary residence card maturity

Pursuant to Clause 16 of Article 1 of the Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam as amended in 2019 stipulating the maturity of temporary residence cards.

Depending on the purpose of the foreigner’s arrival in Vietnam, the temporary residence card will have its own symbols to indicate the granted object with different terms.

– The duration of the issued temporary residence card is at least 30 days shorter than the remaining validity of the passport;
– ĐT1 temtorary residence card has a maximum term of 10 years;
– NG3, LV1, LV2, LS, ĐT2 and DH temtorary residence cards have a maximum term of 05 years;
– NN1, NN2, ĐT3, and TT temtorary residence cards have a maximum term of 03 years;
– LĐ1, LĐ2, and PV1 temtorary residence cards have a maximum term of 02 years;
– Expired temporary residence cards are considered for new issuance.


How will foreigners who do not have Vietnam temporary residence cards be fined?

Accordingly, pursuant to Article 18 of Decree 144/2021/NĐ-CP issued on December 31st, 2021 stipulating administrative penalties for violations of regulations on exit, entry, transit, residence and travel. Specifically:

6. The fines ranging from VND 15,000,000 to VND 20,000,000 for one of the following violations:

a) Carrying out procedures to invite or guarantee foreigners to enter into, exit from, or reside in Vietnam but failing to comply with the responsibilities as prescribed by the law provisions or making false statements when carrying out such procedures;

b) A foreigner entering Vietnam with the purpose or to participate in the program other than that he/she has stated in the application for his/her visa, temporary residence card or temporary residence extension;

dd) An agency or organization employing foreigners but failing to carry out procedures for inviting or guaranteeing them for visas or temporary residence cards, other than the cases subject to change of purpose as prescribed by the law provisions.

8. Additional penalties:

a) Confiscation of material evidence and means of administrative violation, for the violations specified at Points b, c and d, Clause 3; Point a, Clause 4; Point a, Clause 5; Point c, clause 6; Points a, d, Clause 7 of this Article;

b) Deportation of foreigners who commit administrative violations specified in Clauses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of this Article.

9. Remedial measures:

Forcible return of illegal profits obtained from committing violations specified at Point c, Clause 3, and Points a and c, Clause 5 of this Article.”

*NOTE: Above are individual penalty levels. The fines imposed on organization are double of the individual levels.

Thus, when there is a violation related to temporary residencec card being administratively penalized: The administrative fines can be up to VND 20,000,000 (for an individual); and VND 40,000,000 (for an organization) and other additional penalties.

Why should you use VinaSC’s Vietnam temporary residence card services for foreigners?

– VinaSC with a team of experienced staff in many fields will advise and support to solve legal issues related to Vietnam temporary residence card for foreigners.

– Thorough understanding of the legal provisions on Vietnam temrporary residence card for foreigners helps to simplify the procedure and save time in preparing documents.

– Our personnel can meet the needs of foreign languages communication.

– VinaSC’s service cost is consistent with the quality of service that customers receive.

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