SQ Visa

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What is SQ Visa? Eligible Applicants for SQ Visa in Vietnam

SQ Visa, one of the less common types of Vietnamese visas, is issued to foreign nationals under specific circumstances outlined in Article 17, Clause 3 of Law No. 47/2014/QH13. This visa is granted for purposes such as market research, tourism, family visits, and medical treatment.

What is SQ Visa? SQ Visa, also known as Visa Vietnam with the code SQ, is a type of visa issued to cases specified in Article 17, Clause 3 of Law No. 47/2014/QH13 (Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam). It allows entry for purposes such as market research, tourism, family visits, and medical treatment.

Eligible Applicants for SQ Visa According to Article 17, Clause 3, the following individuals are eligible for an SQ visa:

  1. Individuals with official relationships with the competent authority in charge of issuing Vietnam visas abroad, along with their spouses, children, or individuals recommended by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  2. Individuals with a diplomatic guarantee from diplomatic representative offices or consulates of foreign countries in the host country.

Validity Period of SQ Visa in Vietnam The SQ visa has a validity period of up to 30 days. Upon expiration, applicants can apply for a new visa.

Requirements for SQ Visa Issuance To apply for an SQ visa, foreign nationals do not require sponsorship from organizations, individuals, or entities in Vietnam. They only need to meet the following two conditions:

  1. Possess a passport or internationally recognized travel document with valid international travel validity.
  2. Not fall under the categories of individuals prohibited from entering Vietnam.

Documents Required for SQ Visa Application According to Current Regulations The basic documents that foreign nationals need to prepare for the SQ visa application in Vietnam include:

  1. Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and at least 2 blank pages.
  2. Visa application form as per the prescribed template.
  3. 2 recent passport-size photos (4x6cm) taken within the last 3 months.
  4. Documents proving eligibility under Article 17, Clause 3, of Law No. 47/2014/QH13.
  5. Visa application fee.
  6. Additional documents as required by the consular office.

Note on the SQ Visa Application Process for Foreign Nationals:

  • The head of the competent authority in charge of issuing Vietnam visas abroad grants a visa valid for up to 30 days to foreign nationals requiring entry into Vietnam under the SQ visa category.
  1. After issuing the visa, the head of the competent authority in charge of issuing Vietnam visas abroad must notify the immigration management authority and take responsibility for the visa issuance.

SQ Visa Fees The SQ Visa (valid for less than 30 days) can be issued as a single-entry visa (1-month single-entry visa) or a multiple-entry visa (1-month multiple-entry visa). Accordingly, the fee amounts differ as follows:

  • Single-entry visa: 25 USD per application.
  • Multiple-entry visa with a validity of up to 3 months: 50 USD per application.