Vietnam Investor DT visa – All you need to know

Hanh Pham Last update: Sep 15, 2020

The current demand for Vietnam Investor visa (also known as Investment visa or DT visa) is increasing as today, with strong development of Vietnam economy as well as redundancy of labor, Vietnam is attracting more and more investors establishing or expanding their businesses within the country.

And then, this post is dedicated to provide all information that one should know about an investor visa for Vietnam.

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Vietnam investor visa - how to get it
Vietnam Investor Visa – All you need to know

What is Vietnam investor visa?

According to the Law No. 47/2014/QH13 on foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through and residence in Vietnam, the Investor (DT) visa for Vietnam is a type of visa granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and foreign lawyers practicing in Vietnam. 

And now, according to the new Immigration Law No. Law No. 51/2019/QH14 amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law No. 47/2014/QH13, Vietnam Investor Law No. 51/2019/QH14 amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law No. 47/2014/QH13 on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Vietnam Investor Visa is categorized into:

  • ĐT1 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of at least VND100 billion, or investing in the business fields and areas of investment incentives decided by the Vietnam Government. Valid for up to 5 years.
  • ĐT2 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of VND50 – under VND100 billion, or investing in the business fields of investment encouragement decided by the Vietnam Government. Valid for up to 3 years.
  • ĐT3 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of VND3 – under VND50 billion. Valid for up to 3 years.
  • ĐT4 – to be granted to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam with capital contribution of less than VND3 billion. Valid for up to 12 months.

Holders of an Investor visa to Vietnam can:

How to get an Investor Visa for Vietnam?

The procedure to get a DT visa for Vietnam depends on where you apply for it, in Vietnam or in a foreign country.

1. Getting DT visa in Vietnam

If you are already in Vietnam and wish to obtain a DT visa, you should follow this procedure:

Step 1: Prepare required documents:

The dossiers to apply for an Investor visa for Vietnam shall include:

  • Certified copy of Business Registration Certificate/ Investment Registration Certificate;
  • Certificate of seal specimen registration or a notice on the publication of information on seal specimen of the enterprise on the national enterprise registration portal;
  • Form NA16 – Registration form for the seal and signature of the legal representative of the enterprise operating in Vietnam;
  • Form NA5 – Application for visa, visa extension, extension of stay for foreigners in Vietnam;
  • Original valid passport;
  • Temporary residence registration form as prescribed;

Step 2: Submit the documents to Immigration Department office of Vietnam

You or your agent will need to submit the prepared documents to the Office of Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang or the Immigration Management sections of the police offices of the provinces/city where your company is based.

After around 05 working days from submission of full documents, you will receive your Investor visa for Vietnam stamped on passport.

If you want any assistance, please feel free to let us know at +84.946.583.583 or Support@Vietnam-visa.com.

2. Getting DT visa for Vietnam from foreign country

If you are in your home country and wish to get a DT visa for Vietnam, then follow either of the 02 ways below:

2.1. Getting Vietnam Investor Visa at office of Vietnam embassy/consulate

To get it this way, the applicant need to follow the 03 steps below:

Step 1: Prepare required documents for DT visa application:

You will need to prepare the following documents:

  • Original passport
  • Form NA5 – Application for visa, visa extension, extension of stay for foreigners in Vietnam;
  • Temporary residence registration form as prescribed;
  • Proof of legal status as prescribed by Vietnam’s law (in case you are foreign investors):
  • Certified copy of Business Registration Certificate/ Investment Certificate;
  • Certificate of seal specimen registration or a notice on the publication of information on seal specimen of the enterprise on the national enterprise registration portal;
  • Form NA16 – Registration form for the seal and signature of the legal representative of the enterprise operating in Vietnam;

Step 2: Submit the DT visa application dossiers to the embassy/consulate of Vietnam

After preparing full documents as required, you will submit the documents directly to the embassy/consulate of Vietnam in your country and pay for the visa fee.

After the dossier receiving staff check the documents and verify they are valid and enough, you will pay the visa letter fee and get the appointment letter for result pickup. The processing time by the embassy/consulate is often 5 – 7 working days.

Step 3: Receive the result

On the appointed date, you will travel back to the Vietnam embassy/consulate to receive the visa result and your original passport or you will receive it by post upon your request at time of application submission.

2.2. Getting Vietnam Investor Visa on arrival

To get visa this way, you are required to travel to Vietnam by air for visa stamping at Vietnam airport. And your sponsoring company and you need to follow the steps below:

Step 1: Prepare documents to apply for Vietnam investor visa:

A staff of your company in Vietnam need to prepare the following documents:

  • Photo of your passport
  • Form NA5 – Application for visa, visa extension, extension of stay for foreigners in Vietnam;
  • Temporary residence registration form as prescribed;
  • Proof of legal status as prescribed by Vietnam’s law (in case you are foreign investors):
  • Certified copy of Business Registration Certificate/ Investment Certificate;
  • Certificate of seal specimen registration or a notice on the publication of information on seal specimen of the enterprise on the national enterprise registration portal;
  • Form NA16 – Registration form for the seal and signature of the legal representative of the enterprise operating in Vietnam;

Step 2: Obtain Vietnam visa approval letter from the Immigration Department

Your company’s staff in Vietnam will then need to submit the documents prepared as mentioned above to the office of Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City to get a visa approval letter.

After the dossier receiving staff check the documents and verify they are valid and enough, your company’s staff will pay the visa letter fee and get the appointment letter.

On the appointed date, your company’s staff will travel back to the office of Vietnam Immigration Department to get the visa approval letter.

They will need to scan this letter and send to your email.

Note: Your company can also ask a visa agent like Vietnam-visa.com for assistance. We will submit those documents to the Vietnam Immigration Department on their behalf and then send them the colored scan of your visa approval letter.

Step 3: Get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport

After getting scan of the visa approval letter, you will print it out, complete the Vietnamese visa application form (formerly known as Entry and Exit Form which can be downloaded here).

And then, you bring those documents, together with 02 passport-sized photos and stamping fee and finally get visa stamped at VOA/Landing visa at Vietnam airport.

Read more: Procedure of getting visa on arrival at Vietnam airport

Disclaimers: That’s all about how to get a DT 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.

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