Benefits of marriage with foreigner in Vietnam

by Quang Minh

The number of foreigners coming to Vietnam to invest, live, study, work, as well as the number of foreigners marrying Vietnamese people and giving birth to children of foreign nationality constantly increase in these years. When marrying Vietnamese persons, foreigners enjoy certain advantages in Vietnam. In this article, LSX legal firm provides: “Benefits of marriage with foreigner in Vietnam”

  • Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014, amended in 2019

Acquiring citizenship

Nationality is a bidirectional legal relationship, established between an individual and a certain country, it is the rights and obligations of that person and the country of which they are a citizen.

When applying for citizenship, the laws of countries usually provide the following basic conditions:

  • At a certain age, usually 18 years or older. Having lived for a certain period of time in the country in which they applied for citizenship.
  • Know the language of that country.
  • Having secure living conditions according to the regulations of the country they apply to join.
  • Have good morals and character.

These are general conditions of a basic nature. In addition, depending on the regime, tradition, conditions, and development level of each country, the law of each country may require other conditions.

However, in some cases, applicants for naturalization do not need to fully meet all of the above conditions, that is when they marry Vietnamese.

Apply for visa

According to the Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014, amended in 2019, Visa TT – visa to visit family in Vietnam are issued to the following subjects:

Article 8. Visa symbols

  1. TT – To be granted to foreigners who are parents, spouses, under-18 children of foreigners holding LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, or LĐ visas, or foreigners who are parents, spouses, or children of Vietnamese citizens.

According to the provisions of the law on entry, exit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam, the visa to visit relatives and family in Vietnam may have validity for a maximum of 12 months. However, the duration of this kind of visa to visit Vietnam will be at least 30 days shorter than that of a passport or international travel document.

Apply for temporary residence card

Foreigners with a temporary residence card in Vietnam can stay in Vietnam for a long time without renewing their visa, or they can also exit and enter Vietnam many times during the validity of the card without the need to apply for a visa.

Article 3 of the Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014, amended in 2019 stipulates:

13. Temporary residence card means a document issued by the immigration management agency or a competent agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a foreigner who is permitted to reside in Vietnam for a certain period of time. This card has the same validity as a visa.

Besides, when holding a temporary residence card, foreigners enjoy other beneficial conditions in Vietnam:

  • Carry out business and marriage procedures in Vietnam easily.
  • Buy a certain kind apartments under the conditions of Law on Land and other related documents in Vietnam in the near future.
  • Guaranteeing grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, wife, husband, and children to visit Vietnam. Guaranteeing their spouse and children under 18 years of age to come to Vietnam to stay with them while their temporary residence cards having validity and approved by the inviting or sponsoring agency or organization.

Exempted from work permit

In order to create favorable conditions for foreign workers, a number of special cases are exempted from work permits by law.
Exemption from a work permit is a document/certification that allows foreign workers (that are not subject to a work permit) to legally work in Vietnam as well as apply for a temporary residence card for long-term settlement in Vietnam.
Article 154 of the Labor Code 2019 stipulates:

Article 154. Work permit exemption for foreign employees in Vietnam

A foreign employee is not required to have a work permit if he/she:
8. Gets married with a Vietnamese citizen and wishes to reside in Vietnam.

Exemption from a work permit does not give exempted employees the right to freely work without having to follow any formalities. Employers hiring foreigners exempted from work permits must also go through the process of applying for confirmation of work permit exemption (also known as a confirmation of people not subject to a work permit) or must report to the competent authority.

Visa exemption certificate

A visa exemption certificate (also known as a 5-year Visa) has validity in entry and exit from Vietnam issued to overseas Vietnamese or foreigners (spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens or overseas Vietnamese). A visa exemption certificate can replace a visa to enter Vietnam for the purpose of visiting relatives and other personal purposes.
Persons entering Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate may temporarily stay in Vietnam for no more than 06 months for each entry (if the validity of the visa exemption certificate is less than 06 months, they may temporarily stay until its expiration) and extended for no more than 06 months if having a valid reason.
The visa exemption certificate is valid for a maximum of 5 years and shorter than the validity of a passport or foreign residence document for 6 months.

Article 12. Cases eligible for visa exemption

5. Overseas Vietnamese holding passports or international travel documents issued by foreign competent agencies and foreigners who are their spouses or children; foreigners who are spouses and children of Vietnamese citizens who are exempted from visas under the Government’s regulations.

Marriage involving foreign elements in Vietnam

Marriage and family relations that are subject to regulations of international law are marriage and family relations with foreign elements. Countries around the world have different views on “foreign elements” regarding marriage and family relations. In Vietnam, Clause 25, Article 3 of the Law on Marriage and Family 2014 provides a definition on “foreign elements” regarding marriage as follows:
“25. Marriage and family relation involving foreign elements means the marriage and family relation in which at least one partner is a foreigner or an overseas Vietnamese or in which partners are Vietnamese citizens but the bases for establishing, changing or terminating that relation are governed by a foreign law, or that relation arises abroad or the property related to that relation is located abroad.”

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Frequently asked questions

Which agency has the authority to issue a 5-year visa exemption certificate in Vietnam?

Vietnam Immigration Department or Embassy/Consulate General of Vietnam in foreign countries have the competence to issue a 5-year visa exemption certificate.

Where to apply for a Vietnam visa to visit family and relatives?

To apply for a visa to visit family and relatives in Vietnam, apply at Vietnam Immigration Department or Embassy/Consulate General of Vietnam in foreign countries.

Conditions to be considered for a visa exemption certificate for foreigners who are spouses, children of Vietnamese citizens or overseas Vietnamese?

In order to be considered for a visa exemption certificate, the person must have a foreign passport or a document replacing a foreign passport valid for at least 1 year.

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