22 Tháng Chín, 2023

Cases are considered for getting a permanent residence card

Issue: I am American, I have stayed and worked in Vietnam for 3 years. I took pleasure in living in Vietnam, and I desire to become a Vietnamese citizen. However, I do not know how to get a permanent residence card, I am here to ask about this problem, many thanks for replying!

Dear Sir/Madam, it is our pleasure receiving and responding to your problem, Nghiep Thanh Law gives you some advice below:

Because of lack of your personal infomations, we, the first step, review two criterias to be granted a Vietnam’s permanent residence card for foreigners as follows:

Criteria 1: You are in case that considered for permanent residence cards[1]

There are 4 valued cases:

(1) Foreigners who have contributed to the development and protection of Vietnam are awarded medals or honorary titles by Vietnam’s goverment;

(2) Foreigners who are scientists or experts temporarily residing in Vietnam;

(3) Foreigners who are sponsored by their parents, spouse, or child that is a Vietnamese citizen permanently residing in Vietnam;

(4) Any foreigner who is without nationality, who has temporarily resided in Vietnam since 2000 or earlier.

Criteria 2: You satisfy conditions to consider for permanent residence permission[2]

Firstly, having legitimate residence;

Second, having stable incomes to maintain a decent standard of living in Vietnam.


Case (2) must be offered by Ministers, Heads of Ministerial-level agencies or other Govermental agencies in corresponding fields.

Case (3) must have total time of temporarily residing for at least 3 years (since submitting application of permanent residence form) in Vietnam, based on entry and exit visa borne at the checkpoint.

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[1] Article 39, Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014

[2] Article 40, Law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam 2014

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