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Vietnam Dependent TT Visa for Foreigners – How to get it

Last update: Sep 14, 2021

This post guides you through steps to get a Vietnam dependent visa (also known as Vietnam TT visa, or Vietnam family visa), including Vietnam spouse visa.

As one of the world’s leading destinations for migrants, Vietnam offers a great way to help foreign families or families with a Vietnamese member live together legally in Vietnam, which is called Dependent visa or TT visa, or family visa. So, whether you are a foreign student, expert, investor or a Vietnamese citizen, you can take advantage of this type of visa for Vietnam to bring your spouse, children or even your parents to Vietnam.

In this post, we will guide you through:

  • What is Vietnam dependent visa?
  • Who are eligible for a dependent visa for Vietnam?
  • Who can sponsor foreign family members to get dependent visa for Vietnam?
  • Where to get Vietnam dependent visa?
  • How to get a Vietnam dependent visa?
  • Frequently asked questions about Vietnam dependent visa
Guide to Vietnam dependent TT visa
Guide to Vietnam dependent TT visa

1. What is Vietnam dependent visa?

Vietnam dependent visa is also known as Vietnam family visa. It is symbolized as TT visa for Vietnam. It is a type of visa which allows spouses and children of certain foreigners or spouses and children and parents of Vietnamese citizens to travel to Vietnam for long-term living together.

Sample of Vietnam TT visa
Sample of Vietnam TT visa

2. Who are eligible for Vietnam TT visa?

According to the Law No. 51/2019/QH14 dated November 25, 2019 of the National Assembly on amendments to a number of articles of Law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam, Vietnam dependent visa TT is granted to:

  • parents, spouses or children of Vietnamese citizens;
  • spouses or children under 18 years of age of foreigners issued with LV1, LV2, LS, DT1, DT2, DT3, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LD1 or LD2 visas, of which:
    • LV1 visa – 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.
    • LV2 visa – Issued to people who come to work with socio-political organizations, social organizations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
    • LS visa – issued to foreign lawyers practicing in Vietnam
    • DT1 visa – Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of VND 100 billion or more or investing in business lines benefitting from investment incentives, in administrative divisions benefitting from investment incentives decided by the Government.
    • DT2 visa – Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of VND 50 billion to less than VND 100 billion or investing in business lines benefitting from investment incentives treatment decided by the Government.
    • DT3 visa – Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of VND 3 billion to less than VND 50 billion.
    • NN1 visa – Issued to Managers of representative offices or projects of international organizations and foreign non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.
    • NN2 visa – Issued to heads of representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam.
    • DH visa – Issued to people who come to study or serve internship.
    • PV1 visa – Issued to journalists who have permanent residences in Vietnam.
    • LD1 visa – Issued to foreigners working in Vietnam and certified of eligibility for work permit exemption, unless otherwise specified by international agreements to which Vietnam is a signatory.
    • LD2 visa – Issued to foreigners working in Vietnam requiring work permit.

3. Who can sponsor foreign family members to get dependent visa for Vietnam?

Like many other types of Vietnam visa, all foreigners are required to have a sponsor in Vietnam to get a dependent visa. The sponsor must have family relationship with the applicant, it can be a marriage relationship or a child-parent relationship.

Basically, people who are able to sponsor their family relatives for a dependent visa in Vietnam comprise of:

  • Vietnamese citizens;
  • Foreigners who have been issued with Vietnam visa symbolized as mentioned above or corresponding Vietnam temporary residence card and have approval for sponsor of the organization/company for which they are working.

4. Where to get a family visa for Vietnam?

You can get a family visa, or dependent visa for Vietnam at the Vietnam embassy/Consulate general or Vietnam arrival airport if you are outside Vietnam, or convert your current visa to TT visa at the Vietnam Immigration Department in Vietnam if you are inside the country.

5. How to get Vietnam dependent visa?

The procedure to get a family/dependent/spouse visa for Vietnam may vary depending on where you are at time of application, in Vietnam or outside the country.

5.1 How to get dependent visa in Vietnam

This way is also referred to as converting your current visa to a TT visa in Vietnam. It is done by 3 steps as follows:

👉Step 1: Prepare documents for applying for Vietnam TT visa in Vietnam

In this step, the following documents are required:

  • In case the sponsor is a Vietnamese citizen:
    • Form NA5 – Application for issuance of visa, visa extension for foreigners in Vietnam – certified by the Public Security of the Ward/commune where the sponsor’s permanent address is registered;
    • Original passport of the dependent (valid for at least 06 months, having at least 01 blank page and valid Vietnam visa);
    • 02 4x6cm portrait photo of the dependent;
    • Notarized copies of ID Card, family book of the sponsor;
    • Documents proving family relationship, such as marriage certificate, certificate of birth, etc. In case they were issued in foreign countries, they are subject to Vietnam consular legalization and certified translation into Vietnamese.
  • In case the sponsor is a foreigner:
    • Form NA5 Application for issuance of visa, visa extension for foreigners in Vietnam – certified by the organization/company for which the sponsor is working.
    • Original passport of the dependent (valid for at least 06 months, having at least 01 blank page and valid Vietnam visa);
    • Copy of valid passport and valid Vietnam visa/temporary residence card of the sponsor;
    • Documents proving family relationship, such as marriage certificate, certificate of birth, etc. Those documents must be legalized and translated into Vietnam as regulated by laws.
    • Notarized copies of documents of the organization/company for which the sponsor is working, consisting of: Business registration certificate/Investment Certificate/Certificate of establishment of representative office, and Certificate of Seal Template Registration and Certificate of Tax Registration.
    • Letter of introduction stating the person to follow the visa application procedure at the Vietnam Immigration Department.

👉Step 2: Get Vietnam TT Visa stamp

In this step, the sponsor/sponsor’s representative will submit the required documents to one of the following offices:

  • Hanoi immigration office: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Immigration office in Da Nang: 78 Le Loi, Thach Thang, Hai Chau, Da Nang
  • Immigration office in Ho Chi Minh City: 333-335-337 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

The submitter then receives a receipt which indicate the date of receiving the result.

And then, on the appointed date, the submitter will visit the immigration office to get the result which is a TT visa stamped on passport of the dependent.

Note: The dependent is not required to leave Vietnam and then come back to the country to activate this type of visa obtained in Vietnam.

5.2 How to get Vietnam TT visa outside Vietnam

In this case, the sponsor and the dependent should follow the 3-step procedure below:

👉Step 1: Prepare documents for applying for Vietnam TT visa approval letter

If the sponsored person is not in Vietnam, the following documents will be required for applying for a TT visa to Vietnam:

  • In case the sponsor is a Vietnamese citizen:
    • Form NA2 – request for pre-clearance of foreigners’ entry into Vietnam – certified by the Public Security of the Ward/commune where the sponsor’s permanent address is registered;
    • Original passport of the dependent (valid for at least 06 months, having at least 01 blank page and valid Vietnam visa);
    • Copy of valid passport of the sponsored person;
    • Notarized copies of ID Card, family book of the sponsor;
    • Documents proving family relationship, such as marriage certificate, certificate of birth, etc. In case they were issued in foreign countries, they are subject to Vietnam consular legalization and certified translation into Vietnamese.
  • In case the sponsor is a foreigner:
    • Form NA2 – request for pre-clearance of foreigners’ entry into Vietnam certified by the organization/company where the sponsor is working. The request should specify the place to pick up TT visa stamp which can be the Vietnam embassy/consulate abroad or Vietnam arrival airport.
    • Copy of valid passport of the sponsored person;
    • Copy of valid passport and Vietnam visa/temporary residence card of the sponsor;
    • Documents proving family relationship, such as marriage certificate, certificate of birth, etc. Those documents must be legalized and translated into Vietnam as regulated by laws.
    • Notarized copies of documents of the organization/company for which the sponsor is working, consisting of: Business registration certificate/Investment Certificate/Certificate of establishment of representative office, and Certificate of Seal Template Registration and Certificate of Tax Registration.
    • Letter of introduction stating the person to follow the visa application procedure at the Vietnam Immigration Department.

Note: The required documents to get a TT visa approval letter for Vietnam in COVID time are more complicated. Please contact us at +84.946.583.583 (WhatsApp, Zalo, Viber available) for detailed consultation.

👉Step 2: Get TT visa approval letter for Vietnam

This step will be carried out in the same way as step 2 above, but the result will be a TT visa approval letter, not a visa stamp.

The sponsor then needs to send this letter’s scan to the dependent to complete the procedure to get a TT visa for Vietnam.

👉Step 3: Get TT visa for Vietnam

Upon receipt of the scan, the sponsored person will need to prepare:

  • A printout of a scan;
  • A Vietnamese visa application form (also known as Vietnam entry and exit form);
  • 02 4x6cm portrait photos;
  • Original passport (valid for at least 06 months with at least 02 blank pages);

And then he/she will get the TT visa stamped at the place stated in the visa approval letter.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Vietnam dependent or family TT visa is valid for up to 12 months. However, its validity is at least 30 days shorter than the sponsored person’s passport validity.

No. Vietnam only issues TT visas to spouses who can provide marriage certificates. In case you wish to enter Vietnam for marriage procedure with a Vietnamese citizen, you can get a tourist visa, and then convert it to a TT visa after your marriage.

Yes, Vietnam TT visa can be extended in the same way as other visa types with support of your sponsor.

In case you do not intend to remain in Vietnam for a long term at once, Vietnam 5-year visa is a good choice, as it is valid for up to 5 years and you can remain in Vietnam for up to 6 months each stay.

But 5-year visa is not a good choice if you want to remain in Vietnam for over 6 months as it will put you in a complicated and costly procedure of visa extension. In this case, a TT visa should be the best as it is a good base to apply for a TT temporary residence card in Vietnam which is valid for up to 3 years and its holder is allowed to remain in Vietnam during its validity.

In addition, with a TT TRC (obtained based on Vietnam TT visa), you can open a bank account in Vietnam which holders of a 5-year Vietnam visa cannot do.

Disclaimers: That’s all about how to get a TT visa for foreign investors in Vietnam. While we put an effort to ensure that the provided information is correct and up-to-date, there are probably changes which we are unaware of.

6. How can Vietnam-visa can Help You?

The Vietnam TT visa application process can be a daunting prospect. Vietnam-visa.com will be by your side and assist you throughout the process. Vietnam-visa consultants are experienced and well-versed with the intricacies of the Vietnam immigration process. Your dedicated consultant will help you:

  • Identify your situation and provide you with full document checklist;
  • Collect all your documents
  • Complete the visa documents checklist
  • Create your application package
  • Fill the various forms and applications accurately
  • Updates & follow up
  • Deliver the result to your address in Vietnam.

Need consultation in getting a TT visa for Vietnam, connect with us via:

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