PERMANENT RESIDENCE CARD IN VIETNAM

Permanent residence card (PRC in brief) issued by an immigration authority allows foreigners to reside indefinitely in Vietnam and is valid in lieu of a visa. Because of its advantages in facilitating foreigners to enter, live and work in Vietnam, the conditions for being granted a permanent residence card are very strict. Hereafter, LawPlus would like to introduce you to the main points of the  Law related to application of  permanent residence cards for foreigners in Vietnam.permanent residence card in Vietnam

1. Cases where foreigners are considered for granting permanent residence status in Vietnam

Pursuant to Article 39 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of foreigners in Vietnam, amended and supplemented in 2019, cases in which.grant of permanent residence status is considered as follows:

– Foreigners who have contributed to the development.and protection of Vietnam and are awarded medals or titles by Vietnam’s government.

– Foreigners who are scientists or experts.temporarily residing in Vietnam.

– Any foreigner sponsored by his parent, spouse, or child who is.a Vietnamese citizen and has a permanent residence in Vietnam.

– Any person without nationalities who has had a temporary.residence in Vietnam from 2000 or earlier.

2. Conditions for considering grant of permanent residence status

Pursuant to Article 40 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence, conditions for.considering grant of permanent residence status are as follows:

– Any of the foreigners mentioned above may be granted permanent.residence status if he/she has a legitimate residence and is making.a decent living in Vietnam.

– Foreigners who are scientists or experts temporarily residing in Vietnam.must be proposed by the Ministers, Heads of ministerial agencies or.Governmental agencies in corresponding fields.

– Any of the foreigners sponsored by his parent, spouse, or child who is a.Vietnamese citizen and has a permanent residence in Vietnam must have had a temporary.residence in Vietnam for 03 consecutive years or more. Vietnamese permanent residence cards

(It means that the passport must show temporary residence of.foreigners in Vietnam for 03 consecutive years or more).

3. Procedures for granting permanent residence status

According to Article 41 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence, procedures for.granting permanent residence status is as follows:

Step 1: 

Any foreigners applying permanent residence status (hereinafter referred.to as applicant) shall follow the procedures at an.immigration authority

The application consists of:

A written request permanent residence status;

A criminal record issued by a competent authority of the country of which the applicant.is a citizen (Consular legalisation copy, certified copy and translated into Vietnamese.with the original for comparison);

A diplomatic note from a diplomatic mission of the country, of which.the applicant is a citizen, requesting grant of permanent residence status to.the applicant (Consular legalisation copy, certified copy and translated into Vietnamese with the original for comparison;

Certified true copy of the passport (a certified copy of the whole passport.to prove that the period of residence in.Vietnam is 3 consecutive years or more);

Papers proving the fulfillment of conditions of granting permanent.residence status mentioned;

A note of sponsorship of the foreigners sponsored by his parent, spouse, or child who is a.Vietnamese citizen and has a permanent residence in Vietnam.

Step 2:

Within 04 months from the receipt of sufficient documents, the Minister of Public Security.shall consider granting the permanent residence status; if further investigation is deem necessary, the.deadline may be extended for up to 02 months.

Step 3:

The immigration authority shall send a written notification of the result to the.applicant and the police authority of the province where the foreigner.wishes to have a permanent residence.

Step 4:

Within 05 working days from the receipt of the notification from the.immigration authority, the police authority of the province shall notify.the foreigner of the grant of permanent residence status.

Step 5:

Within 03 months from the receipt of the notification of the grant of permanent residence status, the.foreigner must go to the immigration authority affiliated to the provincial.police department to receive the permanent residence card.

Note:

Any of the people without nationalities who has had a temporary.residence in Vietnam from 2000 or earlier may submit an application to the immigration.authority affiliated to the police authority of the province where he/she has a temporary residence.

The application consists of:

– A written request for grant of permanent residence status;

– Papers proving that he/she has had a temporary residence in Vietnam before.2000 and he/she has a legitimate residence.and is making a decent living in Vietnam.

Procedures for granting permanent residence status to people without.nationalities shall comply with Step 2, 3, 4, and 5 mentioned above.

4. Replacement, reissuance of permanent residence cards

a) Replacement of permanent residence card:

The provincial police authorities shall issue permanent residence cards. Every 10 years, every foreigner.who has a permanent residence status must go to a provincial police authority to replace.the permanent residence card.

The application consists of:

An application form for replacement of the permanent.residence card;

The permanent residence card; permanent residence card in Vietnam

A certified true copy of the passport, except for those.without nationalities.

b) Reissuance of permanent residence cards:

If permanent residence card is lost or, damaged, or its contents are changed, its holder must follow.the procedures for reissuance of the card at the police authority of the province.where he/she has the permanent residence

The application consists of: permanent residence card in Vietnam

– An application form for reissuance of the permanent.residence card;

– The permanent residence card (or a report on the loss.of the card);

– A certified true copy of the passport, except for those.without nationalities;

– Papers proving the changes to the contents.of the permanent residence card.

Within 20 days from the day on which sufficient documents are.received, the police authority of the province shall reissue the card.

This is the analytical essay of LawPlus about the main.point in Vietnam’s regulations on permanent residence cards for foreigners. Law Plus’s professional and experienced lawyers.are always ready to offer you the best assistance in applying for a Vietnamese.permanent residence card. To receive the most timely, quality, effective and cost-effective advice, please.contact LawPlus via hotline +84 2862 779 399, +84 3939 30 522 or email info@lawplus.vn.

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