Foreign citizens who are looking for destinations to move to can choose Vietnam for various reasons. First of all, the country is one of the most developed in Asia, as it provides numerous business and employment opportunities. Secondly, relocating here is possible for citizens all over the world through multiple types of visas.
If you want to relocate to Vietnam, in this article you can discover a step-by-step guide starting with the immigration procedures and up to the final process of registering with the local authorities. Our lawyers in Vietnam can support you with various services in this sense. You can also rely on us if you decide to apply for citizenship in Vietnam.
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What does it imply to move to a foreign country?
No matter the country you come from, moving to Vietnam should first imply a thorough search of the entry requirements and living conditions.
In terms of living conditions, if you want to relocate to Vietnam, you will make a good choice as the costs here are quite low compared to other Asian countries. The rent, the food and other basic needs can be accommodated cheaply, which is why it is worth choosing it.
Residency options for those who immigrate to Vietnam
Once you have established that Vietnam is the country you want to move to, you need to choose a residence permit to apply for depending on the duration of stay. Medium and long-term relocation can imply:
- a temporary residence permit which has a duration of stay of 12 months;
- a work visa which has a validity that can reach up to 2 years;
- an investment visa which is valid for 5 years and comes with financial requirements;
- a special visa that enters the category of L visas and that has a validity of up to 5 years.
Considering that they can be prolonged, you can also apply for permanent residency if you decide to relocate to Vietnam for good.
Our immigration lawyers in Vietnam can help you understand the conditions of each visa, select and apply for the most suitable.
Finding a place to stay in Vietnam
One of the most important aspects to consider before immigrating to Vietnam is securing a place to stay. You can choose between apartments or houses, depending on the city you decide to live in.
A few years ago, a new law on housing was passed, and according to it, foreign citizens can acquire rights over various types of properties they can live in. The main condition to do that is to have a valid Vietnamese visa.
For those who do not want to purchase a property, rental remains a suitable solution until another decision is made.
In order to buy a property in Vietnam as a foreigner, one must obtain a certificate from the Vietnamese government. From this point of view, you can use the services of our real estate lawyers who can explain in detail the main types of certificates available (there are 3 types of such documents) and how to obtain them. On request, we can help you apply for one. Once you decide to relocate to Vietnam, you can get in touch with our lawyers.
Registration with the Vietnamese authorities
When you decide to immigrate to Vietnam and obtain a residence permit, after arriving to the country, you need to register with certain local authorities.
Here are the main aspects to consider from this point of view:
- it is necessary to have a health insurance in order to ensure medical assistance;
- registration for social securities is also mandatory, especially when coming here on employment;
- registration as a taxpayer with the local tax department is also mandatory.
If you need guidance in registering with various authorities, you can request more information from our Vietnamese lawyers.
Foreign citizens who want to relocate to Vietnam can direct their questions to our law office.
Language barriers in Vietnam
One of the most important things foreign citizens ask about when relocating to Vietnam is if people here speak any international language than their native one. Vietnam was a French colony, so this is one of the most popular languages spoken here, however, when moving to large cities, English is also quite common.
So, if you speak any of these idioms, or even Chinese, you should have no problems. We can also help you check if you meet the requirements for obtaining citizenship in Vietnam.
Legal services for expats in Vietnam
If you want to immigrate to Vietnam and need guidance, no matter your country of residence, our law firm is at your disposal with various services. We can provide assistance if you want to have documents translated or if you want to apply for a specific type of visa.
On demand, we can also provide support in setting up a business if you are an investor who wants to have a company in one of Vietnam’s main business centers. Our lawyers are also at your service if you need guidance in drafting various documents, such as contracts, or if you want to acquire a property in a large city.
Do not hesitate to contact our law firm in Vietnam for detailed information on our services and reasons on why you should move here.