Apply for a visa exemption for foreign spouses in Vietnam

by DungTran

Currently, many foreigners are marrying Vietnamese and living in Vietnam. What are the procedures to apply for a visa exemption for foreign spouses in Vietnam? Can I sponsor my spouse for visa-free entry to Vietnam? What documents does the procedure include? Let us learn about the topic apply for a visa exemption for foreign spouses in Vietnam with LSX Law firm as follows:

Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014;

Decree 82/2015/NĐ-CP

Visa extension procedures for spouses in Vietnam

* According to the Law, foreigners, depending on each case; can apply for a Vietnam visa at one of the following agencies in Vietnam:

– Administration of Immigration.

In addition, immigration management office of provincial and city police. 

* Vietnam visa extension documents:

Firstly, Legal documents of the enterprise or organization that guarantor for outsiders (Including a copy of business registration; copy of seal sample certificate, copy of tax code registration; registration of sample of signature and seal );

– Passports of foreigners must be valid for at least 06 months;

Furthermore, Work permit (For the case of foreign workers who want to apply for a visa with a term of 03 months or more; Investors; project office heads, non-governmental organizations; foreign lawyers have licenses to practice in Vietnam without having to apply for a work permit)

Besides, application form for Vietnam visa extension. 

*Note about Vietnam Visa application:

This form is certified by the company or organization in Vietnam if sponsored by the organization and company in Vietnam.

This form is certified by the commune or ward police if a Vietnamese individual sponsors the visa application. (Vietnamese communes or wards with permanent residence).

– Other documents at the specific request of the Immigration Department (such as rental contract, list of foreign workers ……). 

Is it possible to apply for a visa exemption for a foreign spouse in Vietnam?

Clause 5, Article 12 of the Law on entry, exit, transit; and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014 provides for cases of visa exemption:

Accordingly, overseas Vietnamese have passports or valid international travel documents issued by competent foreign agencies; and foreigners are their spouses and children; Foreigners who are spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens are exempt from visas according to the Government’s regulations…”. 

In addition, Article 3 of Decree 82/2015/ND-CP stipulating visa exemption conditions for foreigners who are spouses or children of overseas Vietnamese or Vietnamese citizens:

Have a passport or a valid international travel document that is valid for at least 1 year.

Having papers proving that they are the following subjects: Vietnamese residing abroad and foreigners being spouses or children of overseas Vietnamese or Vietnamese citizens.

– Not falling into the cases of not allowing entry and suspending exit specified in Articles 21; and 28 of the Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014.

Therefore, if your husband meets the above conditions, you can guarantee your husband’s visa-free entry to Vietnam.

Dossiers of application for visa exemption for foreign spouses in Vietnam

According to Article 6 of Decree 82/2015/ND-CP; an application for a visa exemption certificate submits one (01) set of documents to request a visa exemption certificate to the Immigration Department. 

Dossier includes:

Firstly, passport or papers with international travel value or permanent residence permit issued by foreign competent authorities to overseas Vietnamese

Moreover, the application form for issuance or re-issuance of visa exemption certificate is enclosed with 02 photos (paste 1 photo in the declaration).

Documents proving eligibility for a visa exemption certificate:

+ The foreigner submits a true certified copy of the original or enclosed with the original for comparison of documents proving that he is a spouse or child of a Vietnamese citizen or an overseas Vietnamese; 

Term for granting visa exemption certificate to foreign spouses in Vietnam:

Generally, within 05 working days from the day the complete application is received, the Immigration Department shall consider and grant the visa exemption certificate. 

Finally, hope this article is helpful for you!

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Related Questions

What is a visa?

A visa is a permit you present to the country’s authorities you are applying to enter and exit from. Specifically, a visa is a document issued by a competent Vietnamese agency, allowing foreigners to enter Vietnam.

Which countries require a visa interview?

Currently, only the US is required for all visa applicants to have an in-person interview when applying for a visa. Other countries are not required but may be called for an interview or asked for more information in some cases. In addition, European countries require visa applicants to present for fingerprinting.

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