According to Vietnam’s New Immigration Law being implemented on January 1st 2015, all international students coming to Vietnam to study as exchange students or to intern at companies/organizations in Vietnam are required to enter Vietnam with Student Visa. The visa application requirements and procedures are different depending on students’ nationalities, however, generally you will be asked to provide the following documents when applying for a visa at any foreign embassies or consulates of Vietnam (click here for the Directory of foreign embassies and consulates of Vietnam):
a. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months at the date of entry and with at least one blank page available for the Vietnam visa
b. Vietnamese visa application form (click here for the online visa form)
c. Passport photo(s) taken within the last 01 year and 4 x 6cm in size
d. An official letter of acceptance/invitation from the Vietnamese host school/company
e. A proof of tuition fees payment (usually for study in Vietnam applicants who wish their host schools in Vietnam to sponsor their visa applications only)
*Important Note: Students interning at NGOs in Vietnam can get a different type of visa with the support/sponsor from the NGOs.
LENGTH OF STAY & VISA FEES
Vietnam visas are generally issued for single or multiple entries with a validity of up to 6 months or 1 year depending on the approval from the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
You will also be asked to pay the visa fee upon the submission of your visa applications at the Vietnamese embassies or consulates. Check out the following table reference on visa to Vietnam fees
|Type of visa||Fees (in USD)|
|Single entry visa ( 1- 3 months)||25 ->45|
|Multiple entry visa (1 month)||65|
|Multiple entry visa (3- 6 months||95|
|6-month to 1-year visa||135|
Visas to Vietnam are usually processed from 5 to 14 (2 weeks) business days. The process might be longer depending on the foreign embassies and consulates of Vietnam. It is also possible to ask for rush or emergency visa service with additional fees.
In case you cannot collect your visa at the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, it is possible to do it at the Immigration Checkpoint in one of 3 international airports in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City upon your arrival and with a special approval letter.
In case you cannot get your visa valid for your desired duration when applying in your home country, it is possible to get it extended after you come to Vietnam. This can be done by Vietnam Immigration Departments in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, and you are suggested to ask your host schools/companies to support or sponsor your visa extension.
Vietnamese residents overseas can get a visa exemption certificate to visit Vietnam as instructed in this link For students with other original nationalities, you might want to check out this link to know if you can visit Vietnam without visa for a certain period of time:
Useful link: http://www.myvietnamvisa.com/
Please contact our Program Coordinator for further Vietnam visa information and instruction on how to apply for a visa to Vietnam or if you would like us to do it on behalf of you.
The whole experience of doing internship in Vietnam, living and meeting the people in this beautiful country will be a memory I’ll always remember. Overall, I was extremely satisfied with the Internship Service by SE Vietnam (the accommodation, orientation, city tour, visa support, and so on).
It was best decision to take the internship in Vietnam. Thanks to the challenge of internship in Vietnam, I became to love challenges much more than I ever did before.
It is a lot more than just an internship. I won’t be writing how beautiful this country is, how friendly people are and how good the food is, you will just have to come here and find out by yourself.
Great internship here in Vietnam. I recommend Westerners to go there at least once to see things differently. A bientôt Vietnam!
I get lots of support from my Vietnamese local buddies and become real friends in spite of different interests.