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Temporary residence
card in Vietnam.

Professionals working in Vietnam can obtain a temporary residence card with a range of benefits. Allow our team to explain the desirability.

Temporary residence card in vietnam
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What is a temporary residence card (TRC)?

TRC is a document issued by an immigration authority or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a foreign individual who is permitted to reside in Vietnam for a certain period of time. TRC has the same validity as a visa.

TRC in numbers.

10 years

Maximum duration

5 days

Processing time


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Benefits of a temporary residence card

What are the benefits of a TRC.

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A TRC is throroughly recommended to foreign business professionals and investors for the following reasons:

  • The need for visa extensions is removed saving time, cost and valuable resources
  • Periods of stay in Vietnam are extended while the TRC is valid, removing the need to exit and re-enter Vietnam.
  • Procedures for exiting and re-entering Vietnam are simplified
  • Holders of a TRC are able to take advantage of various lifestyle benefits such as opening a bank account
Application process and timeline

How to apply for a Vietnam temporary residence card.

The required documents include:

  • Certified true copy of the Enterprise Registration Certificate
  • Written request from the sponsor company signed and stamped by the sponsor company
  • Application form for temporary residence card
  • 2 recently-taken photos in 2×3 cm size, with white background, front view, bare head without sunglasses
  • Original passport with the valid Vietnam visa
  • Documents proving the type of visa (E.g. work permit, Investment Registration Certificate, etc.)

The application needs to be made at the Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security, and the application process is usually completed in five days with the assistance of our dedicated immigration team.

Taking care of the whole application process from start to finish.

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Pre-application advice

Advice on successfully applying for a temporary residence card in Vietnam.

Application tracking

Filing and tracking the status of applications.

Document issuance

Arranging for issuance of temporary residence card upon approval.


Reminding you of renewals well ahead of expiration and providing assistance.

Common questions.

Is TRC required for foreign individuals?
The law does not require foreign individuals to obtain a TRC, however foreign individuals often choose to do so, considering the substantial benefits and convenience a TRC brings.
Who can apply for TRC?
Not all foreign individuals who intend to stay in Vietnam can apply for a TRC, as it depends on their visa type. Only foreign individuals who are issued LV1, LV2, ĐT, NN1, NN2, DH, PV1, LĐ, TT visas can be issued the TRC with the same symbols.
What is the duration of a TRC?
The duration of TRC depends on the entry purpose, visa type, the application and validity period of the passport.
  • 10 years for large investors
  • 5 years for investor’s visa (with symbol ĐT)
  • 2 years for working visa (with symbol LĐ)
Ready to get started?

Our dedicated team can process your TRC application quickly and reliably.

Not sure where to begin?

Schedule a free 30-minute consultation
on starting & managing your company
in Vietnam.

Rizwan Khan Managing Partner