January 22, 2021
Vietnam Immigration

How To Get Vietnam Visa Extended and Renewed in Ha Giang

Ha Giang is a Northern Vietnamese province that borders China. It’s famous for its towering limestone and granite mountains, as well as lush green hills. This province borders China and is the location of the Quản Bạ pass, also called the “Heaven’s Gate” for its panoramic views consisting of scenic terraced rice fields.

For foreigners who are based in Ha Giang province, they can go to the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Giang for their immigration-related concerns. The office is located in Nguyen Trai Ward in Ha Giang City. They can also process visa extension or visa renewal for tourists who wanted to extend their stay in Vietnam.

Ha Giang Immigration Office

How to Apply for a Visa Extension in Ha Giang

It’s highly recommended to call the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Giang to inquire about the requirements for a visa extension. That way, you can prepare these requirements before you head to the office. But in most cases, the only requirement is your passport and visa copy. Here are the steps to apply for a visa extension in Ha Giang.

  1. When you arrive at the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Giang, you will be asked to fill out an application form called the NA5. Fill out the form completely and indicate how long you need the visa to be extended. This form can also be uploaded online. You can get it from the official website of the Vietnam Immigration Office.
  2. When you’re done filling out the form, submit it along with your passport. Double-check your passport and make sure that it’s valid for at least six months from the extension date. For instance, if you are extending your visa until February 2021, your passport should not expire before August 2021.
  3. After you submit your application, the Vietnam Immigration Office will start processing your request. There are times when they might ask for additional requirements depending on your status in the country. But if there are no problems, your visa extension should be approved in 3 to 5 business days.
  4. Once your visa extension is approved, you can go out of the country. When you re-enter, they will immediately stamp your passport since your visa has already been extended.

It’s important to remember that the extension period that you can request must not go beyond the validity date of your existing visa. So if for instance, you are holding a 30-day tourist visa, you can only get the visa extended for 30 days or less. There will be a processing fee for the visa extension request and you can pay for this fee at the Vietnam Immigration Office.

How To Get Visa Renewal in Ha Giang

Man Holding the Vietnam visa

If you don’t have a visa but you entered Vietnam under the visa exemption program, yet you wanted to stay in Vietnam for a longer time, you can apply for the visa renewal. If your visa renewal application is approved, you will be issued a new visa allowing you to stay in Vietnam longer. Here are the steps on how to apply for the visa renewal.

  1. Visit the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Giang and fill out the application form requesting a visa renewal.
  2. Submit the form together with your passport and make sure that the passport has extra blank pages. That’s because the visa sticker will be attached to one of the pages of your passport. Above all, the passport should be valid for at least six months from the renewal date.
  3. It will take around 3 to 5 business days for the visa renewal request to be processed. Once your renewal request is approved, you will receive a call from the Vietnam Immigration Office asking you to get your passport.

Unlike the visa extension where you need to go out of Vietnam to extend your stay, you do not need to do this with the visa renewal, which is why it’s a better option. Also, with the visa renewal, you have the option to apply for a single entry or multiple entries. Because of this, the processing cost of the visa renewal is usually more expensive.

Hire a Local Agency to Assist you with your Visa Renewal or Extension

If you do not want to go through the complication of processing a visa renewal or extension, it would be best to hire an agency to assist you with this. There are local agencies in Vietnam that are experts in the country’s Immigration Laws and can assist you with extending your visa. If you are confused about whether to choose visa extension or renewal, the agency can offer consultation and advice so you can decide which option will work best for you. Their services are very affordable and they can make the process of extending your visa at the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Giang easier for you.

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