Ha Nam is a province in North Vietnam located in the Red River Delta. It’s home to a few natural attractions consisting of kart caves in limestone mountains that have fancy shapes and sparkling colors of natural stones. Most of the limestone mountain ranges are located along the rivers creating a romantic backdrop. Some of the most popular attractions in the area are the Luon cave, Five caves Thi Son, Vong Cave, Bat cave, and the Tam Chuc Lake.
Because of the wealth of natural attractions in Ha Nam, it’s no surprise why many foreigners would come here for a visit. In fact, there’s a Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Nam and it’s located in Tran Nhat Duat Street, Le Hong Phong Ward in Phu Ly City.
The Vietnam Immigration Office can handle all your visa-related concerns, including extending your visa. This is a good option for those whose visa is about to expire soon but would need to stay in the country longer.
If you’re holding a visa that is about to expire but you decided you wanted to stay longer in Vietnam, you can request a visa extension in the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Nam. When you go to the office, you’ll be asked to fill out the NA5 form. Fill out the form completely, indicate your complete name and other details from your passport. When done, submit the form together with the original copy of your passport. Make sure your passport will be valid for at least six months from the date of the new visa extension.
There’s also a processing fee that you need to pay for your visa extension request. Once approved, you need to go out of Vietnam for your exit stamp. Then you can re-enter again without having to apply for a new visa since your existing visa has already been extended. Remember that you are only allowed to extend your visa twice. After that, you must get a new visa to be able to reenter Vietnam. In addition, you can only request an extension of less than the validity of your visa. So if your visa is only good for one month, then you can only extend it for one month.
The processing time for the Vietnam visa extension is 3 to 5 business days. It will sometimes take longer, depending on the number of applications that they will receive. If your visa is about to expire in a few days, you can request for the processing to be expedited. That way, you will not be charged with a penalty for overstaying.
Another option for extending your stay in Vietnam is to request a visa renewal. With this option, they will issue you a new visa. Therefore, it’s a good option for those who entered Vietnam under the visa exemption scheme or those nationalities who are eligible for a visa-free entry. Since they are only allowed to stay in the country for a limited time, they can apply for a visa renewal so they can stay for a much longer time. When the visa renewal is approved, a new visa will be issued to them.
Just like with applying for a visa extension, you’ll be required to fill out a form to request a visa renewal in the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Nam. You’ll also be required to submit your passport. Make sure that the expiration date of your passport is at least six months from the visa renewal date. And since the new visa will be attached to your passport, make sure that your passport has extra blank pages. It will take 3 to 5 business days for the visa renewal to be processed. Once approved, there’s no longer a need for you to exit the country since you already have a new visa.
If you find it confusing to apply for a visa extension or renewal, consider using the services of a local agency in Vietnam. The agency can process the extension on your behalf and all you need to do is to submit the requirements including your passport.
Hiring a local agency will not cost you a lot of money, but they will make the process more convenient on your behalf. They will coordinate with the Vietnam Immigration Office in Ha Nam and they will make sure that your application is approved. If your visa is due to expire in a few days, they can request for your application to be expedited for an additional cost. This will save you from paying the hefty penalty as a result of overstaying in the country.