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SQ Visa Application Procedures

SQ Visa – What is it? Eligibility and Application Process

What is SQ Visa?

SQ Visa, also known as Vietnam Visa with SQ designation, is a type of visa that is less common and is granted to foreigners in specific cases as defined in Article 17, Clause 3 of Law No. 47/2014/QH13. This visa is issued for purposes such as market research, tourism, visiting relatives, and medical treatment.

Eligibility for SQ Visa

According to Article 17, Clause 3, SQ Visa is granted to individuals under the following circumstances:

  1. Individuals having official relations with the authority responsible for issuing Vietnam visas abroad, along with their spouses, children, or individuals recommended by the competent authority of the foreign affairs ministry in the host country.
  2. Individuals possessing a guarantee letter from diplomatic missions or consulates of foreign countries located in the host country.

Validity Period of SQ Visa

The SQ Visa has a maximum validity period of 30 days. When the SQ visa expires, applicants can apply for a new visa.

Requirements for SQ Visa Application

To apply for an SQ visa, foreigners need to meet the following conditions:

  1. Possess a passport or internationally recognized travel document with at least 6 months of validity.
  2. Do not fall under the categories of individuals restricted from entry as per regulations.

Required Documents for SQ Visa Application

Basic documents required for foreigners to apply for Vietnam Visa with SQ designation include:

  1. Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and 2 blank pages.
  2. Visa application form as per the prescribed template.
  3. Two recent passport-sized photos (4×6 cm) taken within the last 3 months.
  4. Documents proving eligibility as specified in Article 17, Clause 3 of Law No. 47/2014/QH13.
  5. Visa application fee for Vietnam Visa with SQ designation.
  6. Additional documents as required by the consular authorities.

Note: The order of issuing the SQ visa for foreigners:

  1. The head of the authority responsible for issuing Vietnam visas abroad grants a visa with a validity period not exceeding 30 days to foreigners entering Vietnam under the SQ visa category.
  2. After issuing the visa, the head of the authority responsible for issuing Vietnam visas abroad must inform the immigration authorities and take responsibility for the visa issuance.

SQ Visa Fees

Vietnam Visas with SQ designation (valid for less than 30 days) can be issued as single-entry visas (1-month single-entry visa) or multiple-entry visas (1-month multiple-entry visa). The visa fees vary as follows:

  • Single-entry visa: $25 per application
  • Multiple-entry visa valid for up to 3 months: $50 per application