Vietnam visas subject to conversion of purposes

Date Create: 29/05/2021

Conversion of visa purposes is one of the notable highlights of the Law No. 51/2019/QH amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of foreigners in Vietnam (effective from July 01, 2020).

04 cases of Vietnam visas subject to conversion of purposes

Previously, Article 7 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014 clearly stated that “The purposes of single entry or multiple entry visas cannot be converted”. But now, according to the Law No. 51/2019/QH (effective from July 01, 2020), there are 4 cases of visa purpose conversion. The specific details are as follows:

Case 1: Foreigners have papers proving that they are the investors or representatives of the foreign organizations which invest in Vietnam in accordance with Vietnamese laws.

>> If the foreigners have tourist visas (DL), work visas (LĐ, LĐ1, LĐ2), visas to visit relatives (TT), business visas (DN, DN1, DN2), etc., and can prove they are the investors or the legal representatives of the companies, they will be allowed to convert the visa purposes in accordance with the current position and role.

Case 2: Foreigners have papers proving their relationship as being parents, spouses, or children of the inviting or sponsoring individuals.

>> The inviting and sponsoring individuals are understood as Vietnamese nationals or foreigners with Vietnam visas in accordance with regulations. They can change the purposes of visas for their foreign relatives.

Case 3: Being invited or sponsored for working by the agencies or organizations and having work permits or certificates of exemption from work permit in accordance with the labor laws.

>> It can be understood that if foreigners are invited and sponsored by the companies to work for such companies with DN1 and DN2 visas, their visas can be considered to be changed to LĐ1, LĐ2 visas when they have not had work permits or certificates of exemption from work permit.

Case 4: Foreigners enter with electronic visas and have work permits or certificates of exemption from work permit in accordance with the labor laws.

Accordingly, citizens of 80 countries and territories who enter Vietnam with e-visas can convert visa purposes from electronic visas into work visas with codes of LĐ1, LĐ2 when they have work permits or certificates of exemption from work permit.

If the applicant is eligible for conversion of visa purposes, the applicant will be granted a new visa with a symbol and duration suitable to the converted purpose. 

Conditions to convert the purposes of Vietnam visas

Based on the above 4 cases, what are the conditions for foreigners to be allowed to convert visa purposes?

  • Valid Passport or document valid for international travel as regulation
  • To be guaranteed by an agency, company, or individual.
  • Have documents to prove the purpose of visa conversion: Documents prove that you are an investor; have a relationship with relatives (parents-in-law, husband, children) or inviter/guarantor; work permit/work permit exemption; etc.


Purposes of visa conversion regulation & procedure

According to the Law on Amending and Supplementing a Number of Laws on Entry and Exit of Foreigners No. 51/2019/QH14. If any applicant needs to convert the purpose, procedure, and regulation of visa,  they must conduct the regulation following No. 19 of this Law.

Step 1: Foreigners who want to convert the purpose of a visa, must require the invited/ guarantee company, or individual to conduct the procedure at the immigration authorities or competent authorities.

Step 2: Enterprises and individuals that invite/guarantee directly send a written request for a visa with the passport to the immigration management agency or a competent agency.

Step 3: Within 5 days from the day of application receipt, the immigration management agency or a competent agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will review the visa application.

Service of purpose conversion of Vietnam visa at Nhi Gia

Conversion of Vietnam visa purposes for foreigners requires the applicants to have knowledge about the complicated provisions of the law on exit and entry, and regularly update the frequently changed procedures.

It takes a lot of time and effort to carry out procedures and prepare documents for converting visa purposes at the state competent authorities. Moreover, when submitting the applications, the applicants must explain their documents to the state officials. Therefore, using the service of visa purpose conversion at Nhi Gia is an effective and economical solution.

With nearly 20 years of experience, since 2006, Nhi Gia has been one of the leading units in Vietnam specializing in carry out procedures and making applications for foreigners. Using the service of visa purpose conversion, customers can:

+ Receive free consultation on conversion of visa purposes and procedures related to foreigners.

+ Receive visa results quickly, on time and the results are handed to customers.

+ Simple procedures and close follow-up of the application process.

+ Contract, VAT invoices for the right services.

+ Package of services which helps save cost, time and effort.

+ Information of customers and enterprises is absolutely confidential.

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