Vietnam Temporary Residence Card Service: Everything You Need to Know

Last update: Apr 14, 2024

If you're planning to stay in Vietnam for an extended period of time, you may need a temporary residence card (TRC). This card allows you to stay in Vietnam for longer than the standard tourist visa allows, and it can make your life in Vietnam much easier. In this article, we'll go over everything you need to know about the Vietnam temporary residence card service.

What is a Temporary Residence Card?

A temporary residence card is a document issued by the Vietnamese government that allows foreign nationals to stay in Vietnam for longer than the standard tourist visa allows. The card is valid for a maximum of three years and can be renewed. With a temporary residence card, you can come and go from Vietnam without having to apply for a new visa each time.

Who is Eligible for a Temporary Residence Card?

Not everyone is eligible for a temporary residence card. To be eligible, you must fall into one of the following categories:

  • A foreigner who has a Vietnam work permit which is valid for at least 12 months at the time of applying for the temporary residence card.
  • Foreigners who are members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated with the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations in Vietnam and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, and housemaids who are accompanied by the term of office, are granted temporary residence card with symbol NG3.
  • Foreigners who are granted LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD, and TT visas are granted temporary residence cards with symbols similar to the visa symbols. The Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam 2014 has defined new types of symbols and the duration of each type of visa symbol for foreigners in Vietnam.

Requirements and conditions for a temporary residence card

  • Foreigners must temporarily stay for 1 year or more in Vietnam
  • The passport is valid for at least 13 months.

How to Apply for a Temporary Residence Card

To apply for a temporary residence card, you must go through the following steps:

  • Obtain a sponsor: You must have a sponsor in Vietnam to apply for a temporary residence card. Your sponsor can be your employer, your school, or a Vietnamese national.
  • Prepare your documents: You will need to prepare the following documents:
    • Passport with a valid visa
    • Temporary residence registration form
    • Health certificate
    • Criminal record certificate
    • Four passport-sized photos
  • Submit your application: You will need to submit your application to the Vietnam Immigration Department. The processing time can take up to 30 working days.
  • Collect your card: Once your application is approved, you can collect your temporary residence card at the immigration office.
    • 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
    • 254 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
    • 7 Tran Quy Cap, Da Nang City

Cost of a Temporary Residence Card

The cost of a temporary residence card varies depending on the length of the card and your nationality. As a general rule, the cost is as follows:

  • US $145/card valid for up to 2 years
  • US $155/card valid for over 2 years to up to 5 years

Validity of Temporary Residence Card

  • The validity of the temporary residence card in Vietnam is at least 30 days shorter than the remaining duration of the passport.
  • The temporary residence cards with the symbol ĐT1 are valid for no more than 10 years.
  • The temporary residence cards with the symbols NG3, LV1, LV2, LS, ĐT2 and DH are valid for no more than 05 years
  • The temporary residence cards with symbols NN1, NN2, ĐT3, and TT are valid for not more than 03 years.
  • The temporary residence cards with symbols LĐ1, LĐ2, and PV1 are valid for no more than 02 years.
  • Expired temporary resident cards are considered for issuing new ones.

Benefits of a Temporary Residence Card

Having a temporary residence card can make your life in Vietnam much easier. Here are some of the benefits of having a temporary residence card:
1. To Change a Vietnam Temporary Residence Card

  • Temporary residence card is lost
  • The temporary residence card is torn or with a fuzzy number
  • Foreigners are granted a new passport in which the new passport number is different from the passport number indicated on the temporary residence card

2. The validity of the renewed temporary residence card
The renewed temporary residence card duration will be equal to the period written on the previously issued temporary residence card.
3. To Extend Vietnam Temporary Residence Card
Foreigners can extend their temporary residence card in Vietnam upon its expiry

What makes our Temporary Residence Card Service stand out?

  • Our Vietnam temporary residence card service has been in operation since 2010 and we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of the requirements for foreigners seeking temporary residence in Vietnam. We highly recommend using our service because of the following reasons:
  • Expertise: Our team is highly knowledgeable in the legal regulations for obtaining a temporary residence card in Vietnam due to our long-standing experience in this field.
  • Convenience: Our service is designed to make obtaining a temporary residence card as convenient as possible for you. We assist in minimizing the number of documents required, saving you valuable time.
  • Guarantee: We provide timely updates on the progress of your application and ensure that results are delivered on time.
  • No hidden charges: We clearly communicate all costs associated with our temporary residence card service upfront, with no additional charges or hidden fees.
  • Responsibility: We will sign an agreement outlining the rights and obligations of both parties involved in the temporary residence card application process.
  • Regardless of your location, we urge you to reach out to us for expert advice on saving time and money, as well as improving your work efficiency.

Documents required to register TRC Vietnam with
The following documents are required when applying for a Vietnam Temporary Residence Card through our service:

  • Passport: A copy of the passport pages containing the personal information and the latest Vietnamese visa.
  • Application form: The application form for a temporary residence card must be completed with accurate information and signed by the applicant.
  • Health certificate: A health certificate issued within the last six months from a recognized medical facility in Vietnam.
  • Criminal record: A criminal record issued by the applicant's home country or Vietnam's relevant agency, which should be legalized by the Vietnamese embassy in the home country or by the consular section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vietnam.
  • Work permit: A work permit is required for applicants who are working in Vietnam. The work permit should be valid for at least one year at the time of application.
  • Temporary residence registration: A temporary residence registration form that has been completed and certified by the applicant's local police department.
  • Photos: Two passport-sized photos (4cm x 6cm) with a white background.

Note that additional documents may be required depending on the applicant's specific circumstances, such as a marriage certificate for applicants who are married to Vietnamese citizens or a birth certificate for applicants who were born in Vietnam. Our service will provide a detailed list of required documents and assist with the application process to ensure a smooth and successful outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

As the name says, the purpose of a Vietnam temporary residence card is to allow foreigners to stay in Vietnam for a longer period of time as an employee or as an investor.

There are two types of Vietnam residence cards: Temporary Residence Card and Permanent Residence Card

Here are some major benefits of a temporary residence card: Foreigners can purchase apartments and houses Foreigners will not have to extend their business visa or tourist visa and thus save money Foreigners can reside in Vietnam for a longer period of time without leaving the country, as long as the card is valid Foreigners can operate their businesses and get married in Vietnam more easily

Requirements for applying for a temporary residence card include the following: The validity of the passport must be at least 13 months Foreigners are required to reside in Vietnam for at least 12 months

As a residence cardholder, you have the following responsibilities: Return temporary residence card to the relevant authority once it has expired Comply with all Vietnamese laws and regulations set out for temporary residence card Report any changes

Yes. You can extend your temporary residence card upon its expiry.

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