The offices or organizations empowered to contract offices in the country in charge of the management of entries and exits to fill procedures for the entry of foreigners into Vietnam are defined at Article 4, of the Statute for the management of delegations entering or leaving Vietnam issued along Decree 12-CP of the Government of 01-12-1992.
Priority consideration shall be given to the following cases
The head of the Vietnamese representative office in the foreign country concerned shall decide the character of the visa issued to the foreign guest.
The list of the above offices shall be periodically announce by the foreign Ministry.
The head or deputy head of the consular department, the director or deputy director of the External Relations Service of Ho Chi Minh City shall sign the cable or empower the head or deputy head of the entry-exit bureau of the Consular Department of the Ministry for foreign Affairs or the head or deputy head of the consular bureau of the External Relation Service of Ho Chi Minh City to sign the cable acknowledging the approval for visa issuance.
The visa may be written in the passport of issued separately as stipulated by an inter-ministerial decision of the Ministry for foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior.
Only those persons who are vested with consular functions and have registered their signatures with the concerned offices in the country (the Consular Department, the External Relations service of the Ho Chi Minh City, the Department in charge of exits and entries and the Command of the Border Guard) are entitled to sign to visas.
Together with the note, the official dispatch of request must be attached to the passport or a valid paper in lieu of the passport and a certificate for temporary residence issued by the Protocol Department of the Ministry for foreign Affairs.
The Minister for foreign Affairs shall decide to cancel various categories of visa issued to those beneficiary of diplomatic and consular preferential treatment and immunity after necessary consultations with various political departments of the Ministry for foreign Affairs and other concerned offices.
The dossier for registration must include:
The validity of a temporary residence certificate shall not exceed three years (36 months) and each extension shall not exceed one year (12 months). The bearer of the certificate must hand it in to the issuing office when he leaves Vietnam.
The ambassadors, changes d'affaires or hand of the representative office of international organizations who travel to the Localities and wish to meet Local Vietnamese Leaders need to give seven days notice to the Protocol Department of the Ministry for foreign Affairs.
The travel or contacts conducted by members of foreign consulates in Vietnam shall comply with the Vienna Convention of 1963 on consular relations and the bilateral consular agreements Vietnam has signed with the concerned countries.
The Minister for foreign Affairs shall decide on the cancellation of the temporary residence certificates of the persons beneficiary of preferential treatment and diplomatic immunity at the proposal of the Head of the Protocol Department after necessary consultations with the political departments of the Ministry for foreign Affairs and other concerned offices.
The heads of the Consular Department and of the Protocol Department, the director of the external relations service of Ho Chi Minh City and of the provinces and cities directly under the central government, the heads of the Vietnamese representative offices shall, within the limit of their mandate and tasks, implement the Decree on entry, exit, residence and traveling of foreigners in Vietnam, Decree No. 4-CP of 18-01-1993 of the Government and this Circular.