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Work Visa in Vietnam (LV1 Visa, LV2 Visa)

What is a Work Visa in Vietnam? Eligible Applicants for Work Visa

A Work Visa in Vietnam is issued to foreign nationals working legally in the country. Depending on the purpose of entry, Work Visas in Vietnam are categorized as LV1 and LV2, specifically:

  • LV1 Visa: Issued for individuals working with central agencies and organizations affiliated with the Communist Party of Vietnam; National Assembly, Government, Central Committee of the Fatherland Front of Vietnam, Supreme People’s Court, Supreme People’s Procuracy, State Audit Office, ministries, ministerial-level agencies, government-attached agencies; provincial Party committees, city Party committees, People’s Councils, People’s Committees of provinces, centrally run cities.
  • LV2 Visa: Issued for individuals working with political-social organizations, social organizations, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Vietnam visas marked LV1 or LV2 have a validity period of up to 12 months. Foreign nationals holding LV1 and LV2 Work Visas are eligible to apply for residence permits with similar markings, valid for up to 5 years, if they intend to work in Vietnam for an extended period.

Types of Work Visas in Vietnam Based on Entry Frequency

Based on the number of entries allowed within a validity period of up to 12 months, Work Visas can be issued as single entry or multiple entry visas, including:

  • Single entry for 1 month
  • Single entry for 3 months
  • Multiple entry for 1 month
  • Multiple entry for 3 months
  • Multiple entry for 6 months
  • Multiple entry for 1 year

Procedure for Applying for a Work Visa in Vietnam

Step 1: Application for Entry Permit – Work Purpose

The sponsor completes the required forms, and the legal representative of the company or organization signs and stamps them in accordance with regulations. The application for the foreign national’s entry permit includes:

  1. Form NA2 – Application for entry permit for foreign nationals.
  2. Valid passport in accordance with regulations.
  3. Documents proving employment with central agencies and organizations affiliated with the Communist Party of Vietnam; National Assembly, Government, Central Committee of the Fatherland Front of Vietnam, Supreme People’s Court, Supreme People’s Procuracy, etc.
  4. Additional documents as requested.

Step 2: Submission of Documents, Receipt of Appointment Letter

Company representatives submit the complete application package to the Immigration Department (Note: The person submitting the documents must bring an introduction letter from the company, along with their ID card/citizen card).

In case the visa is to be obtained at the Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam abroad, the company or organization must pay the fax fee at the service counter.

The Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security, receives applications from Monday to Saturday (except Sundays and public holidays).

Step 3: Receiving the Result

Within 5 working days from the date of a valid and complete application, the Immigration Department will provide the result to the company or organization. The entry-exit agency clearly states the entry date and the place to receive the visa.

Step 4: Notification to the Foreign National

Upon approval, the company or organization informs the foreign national that the entry permit application has been completed at the Immigration Department. In this case, the company sends the entry permit to the foreign national (can be sent via email copy, fax, or express delivery) to proceed with the visa stamping in Vietnam.

Step 5: Receiving the Visa and Paying Fees

To obtain the visa, the applicant must provide the following documents at the visa receiving location:

  1. Completed Form NA1 – Visa and temporary residence application form for Vietnam.
  2. Passport-sized photos (4x6cm).
  3. Valid passport.
  4. Copy of the approved entry permit from the Immigration Department.
  5. Visa application fee (The visa fee is publicly posted at the visa receiving counter).

For those choosing to obtain a visa at the airport, the visa stamping fee can be paid at international airports in Vietnam.

According to current regulations, the processing time for a Work Visa in Vietnam is approximately 3-5 working days from the date of receiving all necessary documents.

Where to Submit Work Visa Applications in Vietnam

In Vietnam, companies and organizations can submit work visa applications for foreign nationals at the Immigration Department or at the Provincial/City Police Immigration Management Department where the company or organization’s main office is located.

Work Visa Fees

The visa fee varies based on the type and duration of the visa. The fees for Work Visas, residence permits, etc., for foreign nationals are stipulated in Circular No. 25/2021/TT-BTC, as follows:

  • Single-entry visa: USD 25
  • Multiple-entry visa valid for up to 3 months: USD 50
  • Multiple-entry visa valid from 3 to 6 months: USD 95
  • Multiple-entry visa valid from 6 months to 1 year: USD 135