Is there any visa exemption for a foreigner whose wife is a Vietnamese citizen?

Post by dung on 2018-10-30 14:37:38
/Is there any visa exemption for a foreigner whose wife is a Vietnamese citizen?

According to regulations, foreigners who enter Vietnam must have visas, excluding some visa exemption cases regulated by unilateral or bilateral agreements among countries. Thus, can a foreigner whose spouse is a Vietnamese citizen be visa exempted?


 

 

 

 

Q: “Dear A Chau! I am writing to you from America. I married 1 year ago and my wife is a Vietnamese citizen. I am completing the procedures for her settlement in America. However, she wants me to attend her younger sister’s wedding next month. How could I obtain a Vietnam visa? Am I visa exempted as my wife is a Vietnamese citizen? Please send me the answer via my mail address”, asked Ivan Samuel Collins.

A: Dear Ivan!

Thank you for your mail. Our answer for your case is as follows:

According to Vietnam Government’s regulations enacted in 2015, a foreigner whose spouse or children are Vietnamese citizens is visa exempted.

Requirements for visa exemption:

1. Passport or other international travel document valid for at least 01 year

2. Documents proving family relationship with Vietnamese citizens

3. Not being in cases of enter and exit ban or delay prescribed in Article 21 and Article 28 of Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam

Validity and form of visa exemption certificate:

1. Valid for maximum 05 years and at least 06 months shorter than passport or other international travel document validity.

2. Granted for those who enter Vietnam for family visit or personal matters.

3. Stamped on passports. Separate certificate is granted if:

- Passport has no blank pages left;

- Passport issued by a country has not established diplomatic relations with Vietnam;

- Other valid international travel document;

- Base on visa exemption applicant’s request;

- For diplomatic, national defense and security purposes

Visa exemption certificate is granted to each individual. For children sharing passport with their parent, they will share the same visa exemption with their parent. 

Visa exemption application for foreigners whose spouse or children are Vietnamese citizens

A visa exemption application includes:

- Passport or other valid international travel document

- A declaration form requesting issue / re-issue visa exemption certificate together with 02 photos (01 glued on the declaration form).

- Evidence proves visa exemption of a foreigner who is spouse or child of a Vietnamese citizen

Vietnam visa exemption certificate issued by competent authority in foreign countries

1. Visa exemption applicant residing aboard will apply according to above regulations of Vietnamese competent authority in foreign countries.

2. Within 01 working day since the day full documents collected, Vietnamese competent authority in foreign countries will send a list of applicants to Immigration Department.

3. Within 03 working days, the Immigration Department will consider and reply to the authority in foreign countries.

4. Within 01 working day since the day receive the reply from Immigration Department, the authority in foreign countries will grant a visa exemption.

We hope this will help. Wish all procedures would be simplified so that you can visit your wife as soon as possible.

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