Lao citizens who are living or working in Vietnam can apply for a temporary resident card for long-term stay in Vietnam. Depending on the type of temporary resident card, Lao citizens can stay for 1 year, 2 years or even 5 years consecutively in Vietnam without having to renew or exit Vietnam. So how is the procedure to apply for a Vietnam temporary resident card for Lao nationals? Where to apply and what documents are required?
According to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam 2014, temporary resident card is a document issued by an immigration authority or a competent authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, granted to foreigners who are allowed to reside for a certain period of time in Vietnam.
Lao nationals, if meeting the requirements and conditions, can apply for a temporary resident card and long-term stay in Vietnam depending on the card’s conditions. Vietnam temporary resident card allows Lao nationals to leave and enter unlimited times, and stay continuously in Vietnam during the validity period of the card without extension.
If you own a Vietnam temporary resident card, you can have many benefits:
– First, as mentioned, Lao with temporary resident card can stay continuously in Vietnam for a long period of time (according to the term of temporary resident card) without leaving Vietnam.
– If applying for a visa, currently Lao citizens can only apply for maximum of 3 months. After the time above, you have to spend a large amount of money to extend (also can only extend up to 3 months), or to exit Vietnam and re-enter with a new visa.
– Lao people with temporary resident card can buy apartments and real estate in Vietnam.
– Lao people can carry out procedures related to business, marriage, investment, etc. very conveniently.
Lao nationals, if falling into the following cases, may apply for a Vietnamese temporary resident card:
– Experts, workers, directors, managers, businessmen who are working in Vietnam. In case of having a Vietnamese work permit, it must be valid at least 12 months at the time of applying for a temporary resident card. This case will be considered for granting temporary resident card type “working”.
– Foreigners who are members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations in Vietnam and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, housemaids who are accompanied by the term of office, are granted temporary resident card with symbol NG3.
– Father, mother, wife, husband, children of a person who has a temporary resident card or of a Vietnamese. This case will be considered for granting temporary resident card type “relative”.
– Investors are investing in Vietnam with required capital in accordance with the current law. This case will be considered for granting temporary resident card type “investment”.
Lao nationals, when applying for a Vietnam temporary resident card, need to prepare the following documents:
Depending on the circumstances, one of the following is required:
Note: Consular legalization and notarized translation into Vietnamese are required for all documents in foreign languages.
Here are the steps to apply for a Vietnam temporary resident card for Laos passport holders:
Step 1: Prepare documents in accordance with the law.
Documents must be fully prepared according to the type of card you apply for. If you are having trouble preparing your application, you can contact the competent authorities in Vietnam directly, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Submit documents
Agencies, organizations and individuals shall submit dossiers at one of the three offices of the Immigration Administration – Ministry of Public Security:
Application time: Morning, Monday to Saturday (excluding holidays).
After that, the officer receiving the application will check the legality and content of the application:
Step 3: Get results
You present the receipt, identity card or passport to the officer to check and compare, if your temporary resident card is approved, the officer will ask you to pay the fee and hand over the temporary resident card.
Time to get results: From Monday to Friday (excluding holidays)
Processing time to apply for a Vietnam temporary resident card for a Lao citizen is 05 working days from the date getting all required documents.
The cost of applying a Vietnam temporary resident card for a Lao citizen will vary depending on the number of documents you can provide, the type of temporary resident card you apply for, the validity of the card, … You can contact directly us through email email@example.com to find out the fee of Vietnam temporary resident card for your case.
– The validity of the Vietnam temporary resident card is at least 30 days shorter than the expiry date of the passport.
– Temporary resident cards with symbols NG3, LV1, LV2, ĐT and DH have a validity period not exceeding 05 years.
Temporary resident cards with symbols NN1, NN2, TT are valid for no more than 03 years.
– LD and PV1 temporary resident card valid for no more than 02 years.
– Expired temporary resident card is considered for granting a new card.
When your temporary resident card is about to expire, you can contact the authorities to renew or change your temporary resident card.
Agencies that can grant, change or renew a new temporary resident card for Lao citizens include:
Cases of temporary resident card change
When changing a temporary resident card, Lao citizens need to prepare the following documents:
Lao citizens can extend their temporary resident card in Vietnam upon expiration by preparing the following documents:
In addition to directly preparing your application and submitting it to Vietnam Immigration Department to apply for a temporary resident card, you may also consider choosing a company that specializes in temporary resident cards to avoid cumbersome administrative procedures. Getting a Vietnam temporary resident card is really quite complicated, because the procedures require quite a lot of documents, each case requires differently. In addition, the language barrier makes applying your temporary resident card more difficult.
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