Slight delays possible as Ho Chi Minh City authorities switch business visa process

18 Jul 17

VIET NAM

IMPACT – LOW

What is the change? Immigration authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have adopted a new process for obtaining multiple-entry business visas (MEBVs). In some cases, the new procedure may extend the time it takes to get MEBVs by about two days.

What does the change mean? Effective immediately, MEBV applicants in Ho Chi Minh City must complete an initial copy of a Form NA-2, to be submitted along with required supporting documentation. Authorities then provide a printed-out copy of the form that is returned to the sponsoring company for signing and stamping.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: MEBVs.
  • Who is affected: Sponsoring companies and foreign nationals applying for MEBVs.
  • Impact on processing times: The change may delay MEBV processing in Ho Chi Minh City by about two days. BAL and its network partner in Vietnam recommend that applicants submit their information no less than two weeks before their proposed entry date.

BAL Analysis: Thus far, Ho Chi Minh City is the only locale to institute the two-step process, which requires applicants to submit supporting documentation and a completed form that is then returned for signing and stamping. While substantive requirements remain the same, the new process may add about two days to processing times. Companies and business visitors should take note and adjust their schedules accordingly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Vietnam. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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