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Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam comes into force from January 01, 2015

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 - 4:09 AM

The law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners (Immigration Law) will come into effect from 1 January 2015 and replace existing regulations. The Immigration Law complies with international treaties and conventions to which Vietnam is a member. 

Decree 167 stipulates sanctions that apply for violation of rules of entry, exit, residence and travel of foreigners in Vietnam.  The maximum fine that can be imposed is US$2,000. In addition, foreigners who break Vietnam laws may be deported from Vietnam.

New regulations about visa symbols of Vietnam Visa for foreigners entering Vietnam are defined as follow:

1. NG1 - Issued to members of delegations invited by the Secretary General of Vietnam’s Communist Party of, the President of Vietnam, the President of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister.

2. NG2 - issued to members of delegations invited by standing members of the Secretariat of the Vietnam’s Communist Party, Deputy President of Vietnam, Deputy President of the National Assembly, Deputy Prime Minister, President of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, Executive Judge of The Supreme Court, Chief Procurator of the Supreme Procuracy, State Auditor General; members of delegations at the same levels of Ministers, Secretary Generals of Provincial Communist Authorities, President of the People’s Committees of provinces.

3. NG3 - Issued to members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the UN, representative offices of intergovernmental organizations and their spouses, children under 18 years of age, and housemaids during their term of office.

4. NG4- Issued to people who come to work with diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the UN, representative offices of intergovernmental organizations, visitors of members of diplomatic missions, consular offices, representative offices of international organizations affiliated to the UN, and representative offices of intergovernmental organizations.

5. LV1 - Issued to people who come to work with units affiliated to Vietnam’s Communist Party; the National Assembly, the government, Central Committee of Vietnamese Fatherland Front, the People’s Supreme Court, the People’s Supreme Procuracy, State Audit Agency, Ministries, ministerial agencies, Governmental agencies, the People’s Councils, the People’s Committees of provinces.

6. LV2 - Issued to people who come to work with socio-political organizations, social organizations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

7. ĐT - Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and foreign lawyers practicing in Vietnam.

8. DN - Issued to people who come to work with companies in Vietnam.

9. NN1 - Issued to Managers of representative offices or projects of international organizations and foreign non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.

10. NN2 - Issued to heads of representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.

11. NN3 - Issued to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.

12. DH - Issued to people who come to study or serve internship.

13. HN - Issued to people who come to attend conventions or conferences.

14. PV1 - Issued to journalists who have permanent residences in Vietnam.

15. PV2 - Issued to journalists who come to work for a short period of time in Vietnam.

16. LĐ - Issued to people who come to work.

17. DL - Issued to tourists.

18. TT - Issued to foreigners that are parents, spouse, children under 18 years of age of the foreigners issued with LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, UNIVERSITY, PV1, LĐ visas, or foreigners that are parents, spouse, children of Vietnamese citizens.

19. VR - Issued to people who come to visit their relatives or for have other purposes.

20. SQ - Issued to people in the cases mentioned in Clause 3 Article 17 of this Law.