Visa and work permit are two most important things for a foreigner to enter, live and work legally in Vietnam. This article will let you know all types of visa in Vietnam to see which one is the most suitable for your own personal purposes.

1. Types of visa:

All of visitors traveling to Vietnam for the first time will be required to have the correct types of visas before they arrive. However, there are many types of visas depending on the purpose of visitors so you have to determine exactly which one you need.

The most popular types of Vietnam visa are:

This comprehensive list below will show you the types of available visa in Vietnam:

12 months12 months12 months

12monthsFor people visiting Vietnam in order to conduct business or visit businesses that are based in Vietnam. These business types can include: economic organizations, cultural organizations and other professional bodies that are based in Vietnam in a non-professional capacity12 months

6 months

Visa TypeDescriptionValidity
NG1- NG2NG1/NG2 is to members of official delegations invited to Vietnam a governmental body and guests of equivalent ranks.
NG3For members of foreign missions and their accompanying relatives.
NG4For members of foreign missions or the visitors that are traveling to the company to visit them in the short term.
DHFor people who are planning to study, be an intern or have probation in Vietnam12 months
LV1For people work for the Party Central Committee, National Assembly, the President, Government and guests ofequivalent ranks of the ministers, vice-ministers, presidents and vice presidents of committees provinces and cities directly under the Central Government.12 months
LV2Granted to the person(s) working for social organizations, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
PV 1For permanent journalists, reporters and broadcasters who are visiting Vietnam for professional reasons12 monthsPV2For short term journalists and reporters working within Vietnam12 monthsVRFor individuals who are entering the country in order to visit relatives residing there.
DTInvestor Visas5 years
NN1 – NN2 – NN3 
TTFor individuals who are entering Vietnam in order to visit with their spouses, children who are Vietnamese or foreigners residing in Vietnam and holding Vietnam visa types with the symbols: LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LĐ2 months

2. Work permit:

If you plan to work as an English teacher in Vietnam in more than 3 months, you will need to have a work permit. This should ideally be applied 15-30 days by the employer with the provincial Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) before the foreign teacher commences their employment. Work permit processing times take up to 10 business days in usual.

Requirements for getting a work permit:

Employees must follow these conditions to apply for a work permit in Vietnam:


Do you need a work permit to work in Vietnam? In fact, some foreigners are exempted from getting Vietnam Work Permit and can work in Vietnam with business visas only.

They are:

How do I apply for a work permit in Vietnam?

According to the Circular No. 23/2017/TT-BLDTBXH guiding the online grant of work permits to foreign workers in Vietnam, the foreigner’s employer or his agent shall, at least 13 working days before the date the foreigner is expected to start working, fill in the request form and required documents to the Department of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs to apply for the work permit.

Documents for ESL Teaching Jobs’s work permit in Vietnam:

Documents for changing work permit:

Work permit in Vietnam

+ Current Work Permit.

+ Former employer’s confirmation, teachers provide form, they just need to sign + stamp.

+ Copy of the new employer’s business registration certificate (must be notarized).

+ Teachers’ passport.

+ 2 photos  (4x6cm), taken with 6 months without wearing glasses

+ Health Check.

+ Former employer’s confirmation, teachers provide form, they just need to sign + stamp.

+ A copy of  new employer’s business registration certificate & other documents ( must be notarized).

+ Teachers’ passport.

+ 2 photos of (4x6cm), taken with 6 months without wearing glasses.

+ Degree (legalized & notarized + translated).

+ ESL Teaching Certificate (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA, etc.) (legalized & notarized + translated)

+ Working experience confirmation document from former employers (At least 3-year, if any)

+ Health check certificate.

+ For new applicants: VND 460, 000/permit (20 USD ).

+ For re-issued work permits: VND 345,000/permit (USD 15)

+ For renewal work permits: VND 230,000/permit (USD 10).

This is the fee for work permit issuance, not processing fee. So if you go via agencies, you will need too pay extra fees for their support.

What governmental departments do you have to visit for a work permit in Vietnam?

What if I do not have my certificate/degree?

Vietnam work permit processing time and cost

The work permit request processing time is totally 20 working days in usual (after receiving full required documents), including:

But all are highly recommended to carry out the procedure at least 20 days before the expected work start date of the foreigners.

The cost for Vietnam work permit varies by the province/city where you submit your application forms.

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