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How to get a Temporary Residence Card for Foreigners in Vietnam

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Currently, Vietnam attracts more and more foreigners to live and work as well as to travel. Foreigners who want to reside in Vietnam need a temporary residence card. How to get a temporary residence card for Foreigners in Vietnam? What documents and procedures are required to get a temporary residence card? If you are wondering about this issue, let us find out about this issue with LSX Law firm as follows:

Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners 2014

Required Documents for applying for Vietnam Temporary Residence Card

Firstly, a written request for issuance of temporary residence card for foreigner by the guarantor ( Form NA6 for agencies, organizations, Form NA7 for individuals)

Secondly, information form for temporary residence card attached with photo 3cm x 4cm (Form NA8);

Thirdly, copy of passport and a valid visa (bring an original for comparison);

Furthermore, 02 3*4cm photos (01 one to attach to the Information form, 01 one separate keeping);

Additionally, 01 copy of Business Registration Certificate of Legal entity of guaranteeing agency, organization or enterprise.

Moreover, depending on the circumstances, requiring one of the following:

  • Investment certificate or Business registration certificate
  • License for establishment of representative office, branch of the company
  • Certificate of member of the Board of Directors
  • Work permit
  • Birth certificate, marriage certificate, family register… if applying for temporary residence card for husband, wife, child… who are foreigners

Proof of temporary residence declaration or Certification of temporary residence in the locality with the seal of the Commune Police

Significantly, consular legalization and notarized translation into Vietnamese are necessary for all documents in foreign language.

Procedure to get a Temporary Residence Card for Foreigners

Step 1: Prepare documents as prescribed by Law.

Step 2: Submit the documents

The agencies, organizations and individuals submit the application documents at one of three working offices of the Immigration Department – Ministry of Public Security.

Time for submission: Mornings, Monday to Saturday (except public holidays)

Officials receiving dossiers will then examine the legality and content of the documents:

If the documents are complete and valid, the official will print and give a receipt of an appointment to get there.

Whereas, if the documents are not yet enough, the official will instruct the applicant to complete the application.

Step 3: Get the results

Obviously, the person who receives the results gives a receipt, identity card or passport to the officials who return the results for examination and comparison. If there are results of the temporary residence card, the official requests the applicant to pay fees and hand over the temporary residence card.

Time to get result: From Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

How to change the Temporary Residence Card

Case for change of temporary residence card

  • It is lost;
  • It is torn or with fuzzy number
  • Foreigners are granted a new passport in which the new passport number is different from the passport number indicated on the temporary residence card;

Agencies responsible for changing temporary residence card

Depend on each case, the foreigners may apply for a temporary residence card replacement at one of the following agencies of Vietnam:

  • Administration of Immigration
  • Department of Immigration Management of Police Departments of provinces and cities

The validity of renewed temporary residence card

The renewed temporary residence card duration will be equal to the period written on the previously issued temporary residence card.

Documents to change Vietnam temporary residence card

  • Passport of foreigners must be valid for at least 06 months;
  • Work permits (Investors, project managers, non-governmental organizations, foreign lawyers licensed to practice in Vietnam are not required to apply for a work permit)
  • The application form for a Vietnam temporary residence card
  • Information form for foreigner (with photo and stamp);
  • 01 Photo 3cmx4cm;
  • Official dispatch explaining the reason for changing temporary residence card
  • Other documents required by the Immigration Department

How to Extend Vietnam Temporary Residence Card

Foreigners can extend their temporary residence card in Vietnam upon its expiry by:

Preparing the following documents:

Application form for visa issuance, stay extension (Form NA5);


Following the same procedure to get a new TRC as mentioned above.

The Vietnam temporary residence card extension fee is US $10 and processing time is 5 working days after receiving full documents.

What to do if foreigners lost their Vietnam Temporary residence Cards

The first thing foreigners should do is go to the local police to report the loss of that residence card. Local police will then confirm this notice to foreigners.

After this confirmation, foreigners can renew a new residence card in Vietnam. Foreigners who want to exit Vietnam, must have a visa or a valid residence card, otherwise will be denied and not allowed to exit.

In general, the procedure for re-issue of a lost the temporary resident card is as follows:

  • Written requests of inviting or guaranteeing agencies, organizations and individuals;
  • 01 declaration of information about the foreigner applying for temporary residence, with photo and stamp of the agency or organization;
  • 02 photos sized 3×4 cm;
  • 01 copy of passport, valid visa, entry and exit certificate (with the original for comparison);
  • 01 copy (with the original for comparison) of documents proving the purpose of staying in Vietnam (depending on specific cases; submitting appropriate paper: investment license, enterprise establishment permit, work permit, certificate of board member; license to establish representative office, certificate of marriage or birth…)
  • In case of loss of temporary residence card; in addition to the provisions of the new application dossier; and application must be submitted together with a written description of the reason for the loss or a written loss notice of the guaranteeing agency.

Markedly, processing time: Within 15 working days from the date of receiving full documents.

Finally, hope this article is helpful for you!

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Related questions

What is a temporary residence card?

Temporary residence card is a document issued by the Vietnam immigration department or a competent authority  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It allows foreigners to reside in Vietnam for a definite time and is valid in lieu of a visa.

Why should you apply for a Temporary Residence Card in Vietnam?

There are many benefits to have a temporary residence card as follow:

Firstly, temporary residence card owners can buy apartments and in the near future may buy houses. At present, the Ministry of Construction is proposing that foreigners buy houses in Vietnam to resolve real estate issues.

Secondly, foreigners can stay in Vietnam for a period of time while their card is still valid.

Thirdly, foreigners save money due to not have to apply for a visa extension many times and save the travel costs
Moreover, foreigners can carry out business procedures, get married.. very conveniently.

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