Vietnamese immigration authorities are requiring local employees from sponsoring entities to submit visa applications in-person.

Key Points:

  • Vietnamese immigration authorities no longer allow third-party providers to submit an application on behalf of a sponsoring entity even with a power of attorney signed by the sponsoring entity’s authorized signatory.
  • Sponsoring entities must send one of their designated employees to the Immigration Department to submit visa applications.
  • Vietnamese authorities no longer accept visa pre-approval applications with the requirement for visa endorsement “on-arrival” when there is no Vietnamese embassy or consulate in the applicant’s departure country.

BAL Analysis: Employees from sponsoring entities who are submitting visa applications in-person should expect delays when filing an application. Employees should arrive at the Immigration Office before 7 a.m. to ensure the application can be submitted that day. Employers should plan to start the visa application process at least three weeks before the foreign national’s intended travel date.

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