How to Apply for a Student Visa to Study in Vietnam

Vietnam is not only famous for its beautiful landscape, and friendly and easy-going people, but also an attractive land appealing to a lot of foreign investors, workers who are looking for job opportunities, and especially students who crave a good and safe studying environment.

No matter what purpose, you need a visa to Vietnam. In this article, you will know more about a Visa to study in Vietnam and how to apply for it.

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What is a visa to study in Vietnam?

Visa to study in Vietnam or Vietnam Student visa is a type of visa issued by a competent Vietnamese authority to foreigners who enter Vietnam for studying or internship purposes. A student visa is symbolized as Visa DH and allows students to be granted a temporary resident card DH.

A visa to study in Vietnam has a maximum validity of 12 months and it must be 1 month shorter than the validity of foreigners’ passports.


  • Foreign students who want to apply for a study visa must follow the conditions below:
  • Having a valid passport or equivalent international travel document.
  • Having an inviting/guaranteeing agency/organization/individual in Vietnam.
  • Not being listed in the cases of being prohibited from entering Vietnam.
  • Having a written acceptance document from the Vietnamese school.

How to obtain?


Some documents are required from foreigners themselves while some must be prepared by the inviting agencies/organizations. Here are all documents needed for the dossiers:

  • Guaranteeing documents for foreigners (form NA2)
  • A written admission document by a Vietnam school or educational institution
  • A copy of the passport data page of foreign students with at least 12 months of validity
  • Notarized copy of documents proving entry purpose of internship or study program
  • Place to receive Visa and entry date
  • Letter of introduction/authorization
  • A valid passport with at least 12 months of validity


  • Step 1: Apply for approval entry letter - studying purpose 

Inviting agency/individual submits documents to Vietnam Immigration Department (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Danang) or Immigration Office in the province where the applicant is residing. The approval process may take 5 working days.

  • Step 2: Foreigners prepare dossiers to get a student visa

After 5 working days, if the dossiers are approved, the inviting agency receives the approved entry letter from the Immigration Department. Foreigners then submit this letter together with a valid original passport, a visa application form, other required documents and pay the fee to get a student visa at the Vietnam Embassy/Consulates in the home country.

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1. What if there is no Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in my country?

In case there is no Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in your country, you should inform your inviting/sponsor school/institution/agency as soon as possible to apply for a pre-approved visa letter. With this approval letter, you need to prepare some other documents and can get the visa upon arrival at one of eight (08) designated Vietnam International Airports.

2. What do I need to prepare after getting an approval entry letter from the sponsor?

You need to submit your original passport, a visa application form, some other supporting documents such as an admission document by a Vietnam school or educational institution, passport-size photos, a health certificate, proof of sufficient funds,.. depending on the requirements of the Vietnam embassy in your country.

3. How long does it take to apply for a studying visa to Vietnam?

The approval entry letter may take up to 30 days after your enrolment in the Vietnam school or educational institution. Then, you need to submit dossiers to the Vietnam Embassy/Consulate which may take up to 14 days more. The process might be longer if your dossiers need to be supplemented.

4. What is the fee for a student visa?

Based on your duration of stay in Vietnam, the student visa fee ranges from 25 to 135 USD.

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