DH – Student/Intern Visa


Vietnam DH Visa is a visa issued to people who come to study or participate in an internship in Vietnam. Once issued, this visa allows students/interns to stay in the country for the maximum duration of 12 months. Moreover, they are eligible to apply for a Temporary Residence Card for the period not exceeding 5 years (only if they have a long-term training and written acceptance from a relevant institution in Vietnam).

Visa Duration

Up to 12 months

Temporary Residence Card Duration

Up to 5 years

Basic Documents and Information

The first step in acquiring a DH Visa is obtaining an approval letter granted by the Immigration Department. Once in possession of this letter, applicants can then go ahead and have it stamped at a visa-issuing authority of Vietnam abroad, such as embassy, Vietnam General Representative or in special cases, a border checkpoint.

The approval letter requires applicants to present the following documents:

  • Passport – photo page
  • Information about the date of entry/exit, single or multiple, duration of the visa and the place that will stamp the letter
  • Invitation letter sponsoring foreigners to enter Vietnam (educational institutions or a place of work)
  • Proof of legal status as prescribed by Vietnam’s law: certified true copy of the license or decision of the competent authority on establishment of the University, college; document introducing the seal and signature of a competent person; written acceptance of a school or an education institution in Vietnam, training program…

Current holders of the DH Visa can easily extend their stay in Vietnam. The documents required for extension consist of: NA5 form, passport with DH Visa, Foreign Police’s registration of residential stay, training program from the Vietnam school or education institution and one 4×6 cm picture on a white background.

Place of Issuance

Overseas visa-issuing authority of Vietnam (Vietnam Embassy, Vietnam General Representative…), the immigration authority (Immigration Department, Immigration Office), border checkpoint (International airports, International border gates…).

Processing Time

5–10 working days

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