DT4 visa procedure for foreign investors (under 3 billion)

Date Create: 29/11/2023

Foreign investors in Vietnam with a capital contribution of less than 3 billion VND are granted investment visa with which symbol? In this case, the foreign investor needs to apply for a DT4 visa to enter Vietnam.

Which type of investment is the DT4 visa granted?

The law on exit, entry and transit of foreigners in 2019 stipulates that the Vietnam visa symbol DT4 (or DT4 visa): “Issued to foreign investors in Vietnam and representatives of foreign organizations investing in Vietnam and contributing capital of less than VND 3 billion.”

From there, investors and foreign capital contributors who participate in capital contributions in Vietnam under VND 3 billion will be granted an Investor DT4 visa.

Duration of DT4 visa

The Immigration Law states that the DT4 visa is granted to foreign investors for a maximum period of 01 year. In case the investor's passport is valid for less than 01 year, the DT4 visa is granted 30 days shorter than the passport's validity.

Unlike DT1, DT2 and DT3 visas, you can extend your stay in Vietnam through a temporary residence card. Then, for foreigners whose DT4 visa is about to expire, if they want to continue working in Vietnam, they can only:

  • Renew DT4 visa; or
  • Change the purpose of Vietnam visa.

Depending on the purpose to stay in Vietnam, foreigners will choose the type of visa that is right for them. If you need to extend your visa or change your visa purpose, please contact [+84] 1900 6654 for the advice!

Conditions to apply for an Investor DT4 visa

To get a DT4 visa, a foreigner must meet the following conditions:

  • Have a passport or international travel document that is still valid as prescribed
  • To be invited or guaranteed by agencies, organizations, and individuals in Vietnam
  • Have not been banned to enter the country specified in Article 21 of Law No. 47/2014/QH13
  • Have documents that prove the investment in Vietnam following the provisions of the Law on Investment 

What document does DT4 visa include?

The guarantor and the foreigner need to prepare all the following documents when applying for a DT4 visa:

  • Application form for issuance of approval entry letter to foreigners entering Vietnam - NA2 Form 
  • Application for registration of seal sample and signature from the representative of the enterprise in Vietnam - NA16 Form
  • Application form for Vietnam visa - NA1 Form 
  • Certificate of the guarantee company (business license, investment registration certificate, ...)
  • Proof of being an investor (investment certificate, capital contribution certificate, ...)
  • Copy of investor's passport
  • 02 photos 4x6cm white background
  • And other required documents (depending on specific cases).

Depending on the status of the document, the authority agency will consider it as a factor for investors to get a DT4 visa or not.

>> Therefore, to increase the success rate when applying for a DT4 visa, contact the hotline at [+84] 1900 6654 - Nhi Gia visa specialist will advise on a case-by-case basis.

Investor DT4 visa procedures

Step 1: The guarantor prepares a document to carry out the Investor DT4 visa procedures at the Immigration Department of Vietnam.

Step 2: After about 5 working days, the Immigration Department will return the approval entry letter results to the guaranteed agency. (In case foreigners carry out the visa stamping procedure at the Vietnamese Consulate General abroad, the Immigration Department faxes will notify the DT4 visa result to foreign investors at the Embassy).

Step 3: The guarantee agency notifies and sends an approval entry letter to the foreign investor, and the investor must prepare documents as instructions to carry out the DT4 visa procedures.

Step 4: The investor brings the Investor visa stamping application with the symbol DT4 to the location stated in the approval entry letter to complete the visa stamping procedure. Normally, investors can apply for Vietnam visa stamping at:

  • Vietnamese Consulate in the investor's country
  • International airport border gate


Question - DT4 visa fee for investors

Answer - The visa fee depends on the duration and number of entries that the investor proposes to grant. Below are the fees for stamping visas for each specific type:

  • Single entry DT4 visa 25 USD
  • DT4 Visa (multiple-entry) types with validity of no more than 03 months 50 USD
  • DT4 Visa (multiple-entry) types with validity from more than 3 to 6 months 95 USD
  • DT4 Visa (multiple-entry) types with validity from more than 06 months to 12 months 135 USD

Question - Processing time for DT4 visa application

Answer - Vietnam visa for investment category DT4 has a processing time of about 5 working days (maximum 7-10 days) since the officer of the Immigration Department/Consulate of Vietnam receives the visa valid documents.

Question - If I have a Vietnam DT4 visa, can I sponsor my relatives following the TT visa category?

Answer - NO.

Pursuant to Clause 18, Article 8, Law on Immigration No: 51/2019/QH14, Vietnam TT visa are issued to relatives of foreign investors holding visas with symbols DT1, DT2, DT3. Thus, in case the relatives of foreign investors wish to enter Vietnam, please prepare an Approval Entry Letter application according to regulations.

Question - Do foreign investors need to apply for a Vietnam Work Permit while applying for DT4 visa?

Answer - NO

According to regulations on foreigners working in Vietnam - Decree No. 152/2020/ND-CP, only the owners or capital contributors who have a capital contribution value of 3 billion VND and above are eligible for exemption from work permit. In contrast, DT4 visa is granted to investors who have a capital contribution value of less than 3 billion and they must apply for a work permit to work legally in Vietnam.

Question - Are there any units that offer package DT4 visa service in Ho Chi Minh City?

Answer - YES

Currently, many units provide Vietnam visa services. However, to ensure a quick and simple procedure with a high visa success rate, you should look for a reputable unit with many years of experience.

If you can not find a suitable unit, you can contact Nhi Gia directly. At Nhi Gia, as long as customers have problems, Nhi Gia will:

  • Free consultation on conditions, application procedures, implementation process, etc.
  • On behalf of the customer: complete the declaration, track the progress of the records, deliver - receive the results for free, etc.
  • Support customers with related services: Work Permit, flight ticket, Consular Legalization / Notarized Translation of documents, Temporary Residence Card (if necessary), etc.

Contact information and registration for consulting Nhi Gia Trading and Service Co., Ltd:


  • Hotline: [+84] 1900 6654


Address: 186-188 Nguyen Duy, Ward 09, District 08, HCMC

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