Vietnam visa extension for Australians

By: hanhpham

This post is for all Australians who are in Vietnam and their Vietnam visa is about to expire soon and they wish to remain in Vietnam. What should they do then if they do not wish to leave the country and then re-enter? Extend visa in Vietnam should be your choice.

What is visa extension for Australians in Vietnam?

Visa extension means that the visa holder will, after having visa successfully extended, get a new stay permit stamped in their passport without leaving the country.

The Vietnam visa extension is now available for Australians entering Vietnam with:

  • Tourist visa (DL visa);
  • Business visa (DN visa);
  • Working visa (LD visa);
  • Investor visa (DT visa);
  • 5 years visa exemption certificate;
  • etc.

What documents are required for visa extension in Vietnam for Australian citizens?

For tourist visa or 5 years visa exemption certificate, the visa holders only need to submit

  • NA5 form for visa extension/renewal; and
  • Valid passport which contains the current valid visa which needs to be extended.

For other types of visa, the extension applicants will need to add the following documents:

  • For working LD visa:
    • Work permit or work permit free written confirmation;
    • Certified registration of temporary residence (if you have) or ask the hotel for printout from “Online Declaration Temporary Residence for Foreigner” system;
    • LD Visa or DN visa approval letter;
    • Legal documents of the sponsor company in Vietnam
    • Others which may be required by the Immigration Office
  • For Business DN visa:
    • Certified registration of temporary residence (if you have) or ask the hotel for printout from “Online Declaration Temporary Residence for Foreigner” system;
    • Legal documents of the sponsor company in Vietnam
    • Others which may be required by the Immigration Office
  • For Investor DT visa:
    • Investor’s Investment Certificate, Business registration Certificate of which the visa holder is a capital contributor;
    • Certified registration of temporary residence (if you have) or ask the hotel for printout from “Online Declaration Temporary Residence for Foreigner” system;

How to extend visa in Vietnam?

The visa holders now may have 02 ways to extend a visa in Vietnam, consisting of:

  • Do it themselves at Vietnam Immigration Offices in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City at the following addresses:
    • Immigration office in Hanoi: 44-46 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    • Da Nang: 78 Lê Lợi, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000
    • Ho Chi Minh city: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city
    • Working hours: Monday-Friday (Morning: 7am – 11h30am; Afternoon: 1h30pm – 5pm) and Saturday (Morning time only)
  • Do it via a visa agent in Vietnam.

With the former, you will need to:

  • Prepare full required documents and visit the immigration office to submit them.
  • If your documents are sufficient and valid, and your visa can be extended, you will pay the extension fee and get an appointment letter.
  • If your documents are insufficient, you will need to prepare the missing ones and come back to the office in another day for submission and get the appointment letter for visa extension result pickup.
  • Come back to the Immigration Office on the appointed date to pick up passport with extended stay permission stamp.

With the latter one, you will work with Vietnam-visa.com in the following steps:

  • Send a copy of your current visa page to [email protected] for checking the visa extension possibility;
  • Get consultation for documents to be prepared. With our consultation, you will save a lot of time in searching for checklist of documents and preparing them.
  • Submit the documents to office of Vietnam-visa in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. With tourist visa and 5-year visa exemption certificate extension, the documents you need to provide is your original passport only.
  • Get the passport back with the extended stay permission stamp.

Here are some pros and cons of these 02 ways of visa extension in Vietnam:

  Pros Cons
Extend visa yourself
  • The cost is lower
  • You only know whether your visa can be extended or not when you arrive at the Immigration office
  • You need to do search yourself for the applicable visa extension policy and also documents to be prepared.
  • You are required to complete the NA5 form.
  • You need to spend time waiting for your turn at the immigration office and follow the administrative procedure there.
Extend visa with Vietnam-visa.com
  • You are informed of whether your visa can be extended or not before preparing documents
  • You will get consulted about the applicable visa extension policy and what documents you need to prepare
  • You don’t need to complete the NA5 form
  • You don’t need to wait at the immigration office and follow the administrative procedure there.
  • The cost is higher

Why visa extension with Vietnam-visa.com?

Here are some major points that you should work with Vietnam-visa.com for visa extension:

  • Vietnam-visa have premises in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh and can support those in almost cities/provinces in Hanoi with visa extension.
  • In addition, understanding the worry of surrendering original passport for some days, upon receiving your original passport for visa extension service, Vietnam-visa.com will sign with you an agreement which clearly identifies rights and obligations of each party in the extension.

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