Vietnam Visa Extension: All You Need to Know

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If you are a foreigner and wish to prolong your stay in Vietnam, then you must apply for a Vietnam visa extension. The procedures for extending visas in Vietnam are straightforward and do not involve many complex document requirements.

Let’s explore the regulations, procedures, documents, and some important things to keep in mind to ensure a seamless Vietnam visa extension application.

Regulations and Requirements for Vietnam Visa Extension

Foreigners who want to have their Vietnam visa extended must meet the following requirements:

  1. Your current visa is eligible for extension: working visa, business visa, investor visa, visiting relatives visa, or tourist visa.
  2. ● Your visa must still be valid at the time you apply for an extension
  3. ● Your passport validity period must be over 30 days longer than your visa validity period
  4. ● You have declared temporary residency in Vietnam
  5. ● You are not to be deported from Vietnam
  6. ● If you are sponsored by a legal entity, your sponsored visa must be eligible for the extension

Vietnam Visa Extension Dossier

Foreigners who need to extend their visas have to prepare some important documents. Generally, document requirements for Vietnam visa extension are not overly complex.

What are the necessary documents?

The basic mandatory documents that need to be submitted are:

  1. Form NA5 – Application form for visa issuance, stay extension for temporary residence foreigners in Vietnam (download from the link below)
  2. ● Passport or other valid international travel documents for foreigners
  3. ● Temporary residence certificate

Depending on your visa type, you will have to submit other supplementary documents:

  1. Business visa: Legal documents of the sponsor company, labor contract, investment certificate, and other necessary documents.
  2. Investor visa: Business license, investment registration certificate, certificate of seal sample registration, and other necessary documents.
  3. Working visa: Work permit, letter of introduction, and other necessary documents.
  4. Visiting relatives visa: personal documents of your relative in Vietnam, documents proving your relative relations with your sponsor such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, or other equivalent documents

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Alongside preparing all the required documents, keep in mind that documents issued by your country have to be translated into Vietnamese and notarized. This not only helps the authorities fully understand the content but also ensures that your documents are legitimate and comply with Vietnam laws.

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Application Form for Vietnam Visa Extension

Here is the link to Form NA5, the application form for visa issuance and stay extension for foreigners temporarily residing in Vietnam. Please ensure to complete the form and include all necessary documents in your application dossier.

Download the Vietnam visa application Form

Where to submit your Vietnam visa extension application dossier?

There are two methods to submit your visa extension application:

  1. Method 1: Submit your application to the Department of Foreign Affairs office at your location
    • In Hanoi:
    • Address: 10 Le Lai Street, Ly Thai To Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    • Working hours: Monday to Friday, morning 7.30 AM to 11.30 AM, afternoon 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM
    • In Ho Chi Minh City:
    • Address: 6 Alexandre De Rhodes Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Working hours: Monday to Friday, morning 7.30 AM to 11.30 AM, afternoon 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM
  2. Method 2: Submit your application via postal services

How to Apply for a Vietnam Visa Extension

The procedure for a Vietnam visa extension includes 4 steps:

  1. Step 1: Prepare all the required documents
  2. Step 2: Submit your application via postal services or directly to the Department of Foreign Affairs
  3. Step 3: Pay the visa extension fees
  4. Step 4: Await your result If your application is approved, you can receive your renewed visa at the Immigration Department or via postal services

Vietnam Visa Extension Fees

The fees for extending a Vietnam visa are comparable to the fees for obtaining a new visa, and they vary based on the type of visa you hold. To be more specific:

Single-entry visa: USD 25

Multiple-entry visa:

  1. Maximum 3 months validity period: USD 50
  2. 3 to 6 months validity period: USD 95
  3. 6 months to 1 year validity period: USD 135
  4. 1 to 2 years validity period: USD 145
  5. 2 to 5 years validity period: USD 155

Processing Time for Vietnam Visa Extension Applications

Your application result will be sent by the Immigration Department within 5 working days from the day of your submission. If your visa extension application is not eligible, the authorities may require you to revise information or provide additional documents.

Key Considerations as Your Vietnam Visa Approaches Expiration

Overstaying your Vietnam visa is considered illegal residency. You will be fined or even deported from Vietnam depending on your overstay duration.

Currently, there are no official regulations specifying when the visa extension has to be completed. However, to ensure that your application is received and processed timely, it is wise to submit your Vietnam visa extension application at least 5 to 7 days before the expiry date so that you will not be charged with overstaying.

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Hopefully, this exhaustive article about Vietnam visa extension has provided you with all the necessary information, including where to apply, the associated fees, and important tips for a smooth application process. Please keep in mind that all information documents in your application dossier must be correct and legitimate for a smooth application process and good results.

Moreover, choosing a reputable translation company with professional notarized translation services is also essential to make sure all of your documents are legally valid.

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