I am a foreigner and married to a Vietnamese. We have been living and working in Hanoi for 15 years, and our children were born and are now learning in the city. I hold a temporary residence permit, which is renewed every 3 years. May I apply for permanent residence permission in Vietnam?
According to the Vietnamese law (the Ministry of Public Security’s Circular No. 31/2015/TT-BCA dated July 6, 2015), a foreigner who has temporarily resided in Vietnam for at least three consecutive years and is guaranteed by his/her parent, spouse or child that is a Vietnamese citizen permanently residing in Vietnam (hosting family member) will be granted a permanent residence permit.
In your case, you may submit a dossier of application for permanent residence permission to the Hanoi Immigration Office, at 44 Pham Ngoc Thach street, Dong Da district, Hanoi.
- The dossier must comprise
- An application for permanent residence permission
- A criminal record issued by a competent agency of the country of which you are a citizen
- A certified copy of your passport
- Your temporary residence permit
– A letter of guarantee written by your wife.
Within four months after receiving a complete dossier, the Minister of Public Security will consider and decide to permit your permanent residence. Where it is considered necessary to make further verification, this time limit may be extended for no more than two months.
The immigration management agency will send you a written notice of whether or not your permanent residence is permitted.
Within three months after receiving the notice of permanent residence permission, you have to go to the immigration management agency of the Police Department of the province or city in which you wish to permanently reside to receive a permanent residence card.
How long will the permanent residence card be valid? What can I do to have a lost or damaged card re-granted?
Under regulations, once every 10 years, a foreigner permanently residing in Vietnam has to come to the provincial-level Police Department of the locality where he/she is residing to have his/her permanent residence cards renewed. A dossier to be submitted for permanent residence card renewal must comprise:
Should your permanent residence card be lost or damaged, or should there be any changes in the card contents, you have to submit a dossier for re-grant of the card to the Police Department of the province or centrally run city where you reside.
Such an application dossier must comprise
Within 20 days after receiving a complete dossier, the Police Department of the province or centrally run city where you reside will re-grant the card.