What is temporary residence card for foreigners in Vietnam?

by DungTran

Vietnam is currently the leading country in the list of most desired workplaces for foreigners in Southeast Asia; because of criteria such as better income, low standard of living, more career opportunities; geographic and political security, as well as unique benefits including funding for mobility; housing costs; and the cost of returning home. Naturally, when foreigners come to work and to live in a locality on the territory of Vietnam required to make local temporary residence cards where they live. So what is a temporary residence card? Who is eligible for a grant of temporary residence cards? Let us explore this issue with LSX Law firm.

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

What is temporary residence card for foreigners in Vietnam?

According to Article 13, Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners 2014 stipulates:

Generally, A 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 place of a visa.

Accordingly, a temporary residence card owner can use it as a long-term visa. It has a term of from 1 year to 3 years, and the maximum is 5 years. Temporary residence card owners exempted from visas upon entry and exit in Vietnam.

Cases eligible for grant of temporary residence cards and symbols of temporary residence cards in Vietnam

Accordingly, Article 36, Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners 2014:

Firstly, foreigners who are members of diplomatic missions; consular offices; representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the United Nations or intergovernmental organizations in Vietnam; their spouses; under-18 children; and housemaids who live with them during their terms of office may be granted temporary residence cards with the symbol NG3.

Secondly, foreigners who hold LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LĐ, or TT visas may be granted temporary residence cards with the same symbols.

In the following cases, the Competent Authority does not issue a temporary residence card:

Prosecution for criminal liability or being the defendants in civil disputes, economic, labor.

Moreover, being obliged to execute a criminal judgment; civil or economic judgments;

Additionally, being obligated to comply with decisions on sanctioning administrative violations, tax payment obligations, and other financial obligations.

Note, in order to have a temporary residence card. The above subjects need to meet the following additional conditions:

Have a specific, legal temporary residence

As well as have proof of legal right to use.

The accommodation has enough licenses to qualifying for foreigners hired.

Furthermore, registered temporary residence declaration and granted temporary residence book or certificate of temporary registration.

Why should foreigners apply for 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 soon may buy houses. 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 while their card is still valid.

Thirdly, foreigners save money due not to have to apply for a visa extension many times and save the travel costs.

Moreover, foreigners can carry out business procedures, marry.. very conveniently.

Validity duration of temporary residence cards

According to Article 38, Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners 2014 stipulates:

The validity duration of a temporary residence card granted to a foreigner is at least 30 days shorter than the remaining validity duration of the passport of its holder.

The validity duration of:

A NG3, LV1, LV2, ĐT, or DH temporary residence card is at most 5 years.

A NN1, NN2, or TT temporary residence card is at most 3 years.

A LĐ or PV1 temporary residence card is at most 2 years.

Those whose temporary residence cards expired may be considered for grant of a new card.

Finally, hope the article is helpful for you to read!

If you have any questions; please contact Lawyer X for quick and best legal services: 0833102102.

Related questions

What is the difference between a visa and a temporary residence card?

Vietnamese visa is technically a binding travel document granted by competent Vietnamese authorities permitting foreigners entering Vietnam. This document is placed on your passport to be shown at the entry port upon arrival in Vietnam. Vietnamese temporary resident card (TRC) is a required paper foreigners have to get if they want to reside in Vietnam for a certain length of time to study; do business, work, or other reasons. Obtaining a Vietnam Temporary resident card, you would have a chance to enter and exit Vietnam quickly without a visa.

What are general principles of entry, exit, transit, and residence?

1. To comply with this Law and other relevant laws of Vietnam or treaties to which Vietnam is a contracting party.
2. To respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity; to ensure national security, social order and safety, and equality in international relations.
3. To ensure publicity, transparency, and convenience for foreigners; to closely and uniformly manage foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through, and residence in Vietnam.
4. A foreigner who holds more than one passport may use only one of them for his/her entry into, exit from, transit through, and residence in Vietnam.

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