DH Visa

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Temporary Residence Cards for Foreign Students (Designation: DH)

Temporary Residence Cards (TRCs) for foreign students or interns studying or interning in Vietnam can be issued with the designation “DH” if their stay in Vietnam aligns with the purpose of their visa. The duration of stay granted by the DH TRC does not exceed 5 years.

Requirements for Obtaining DH Temporary Residence Cards for Foreign Students:

To be eligible for a DH Temporary Residence Card, foreign students must meet the following criteria:

  • Valid Passport or Travel Document: The passport or travel document must be valid for international travel for at least 13 months.

  • Valid Visa for Intended Purpose: Applicants must be using a visa (DH-designated) for entering Vietnam for educational purposes. This includes documents such as student cards, confirmation of studying abroad, or internship confirmation issued by foreign or Vietnamese educational institutions.

Benefits of Having a DH Temporary Residence Card:

  • For short-term study or internships lasting less than 12 months, a regular Vietnam visa suffices.

  • For extended periods of study, obtaining a DH Temporary Residence Card is cost-effective, avoiding the need for multiple visa extensions, saving both money and time.

  • The DH TRC can substitute for a visa for multiple entries and exits during its validity period.

  • Additionally, the DH TRC is more convenient to carry due to its compact size compared to carrying a passport with a visa affixed.

Required Documents for DH Temporary Residence Card Application:

  • Certificate of establishment for colleges, universities, or educational institutions.

  • Introduction letter with authorized stamp and signature (Form NA16).

  • Official letter and application form for DH Temporary Residence Card for foreign nationals (Form NA8).

  • Notarized copies of documents confirming foreign student status, such as student cards, confirmation of studying abroad, or internship confirmation issued by foreign or Vietnamese educational institutions.

  • Original passport with sufficient remaining validity.

  • 2 recent passport-sized photos (3×4 cm) with a white background, taken within the last 6 months (1 photo affixed to the application form, 1 separate photo).

Note: The documents listed above are for reference purposes and are subject to change according to the requirements of the Immigration Department.

Procedure for Applying for DH Temporary Residence Card for Foreign Students:

Once all necessary documents are prepared, individuals or organizations guaranteeing the foreign students will need to follow administrative procedures at the Immigration Department to apply for the DH Temporary Residence Card.

Submission Locations:

  • Immigration Department – Ministry of Public Security.

  • Provincial or municipal police departments responsible for immigration management.

Document Submission and Processing:

  • After verifying the documents, the immigration officers will issue a receipt to the applicant (Form NB7) and collect the state fee.

  • If the submitted documents are incomplete, the receiving officer will guide the applicant on the necessary additions.

  • Processing Time: 5 – 7 working days from the date of receiving a complete and valid application.

Result Collection:

Individuals collecting the results must present the receipt and their identity card or passport for verification before receiving the DH Temporary Residence Card for foreign students.

If you require any further assistance or have specific inquiries about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you throughout the process.