Based on an article published in on Thanh Nien’s website in July, it seems there is more to the problems people are now facing with visa renewal than was at first thought.
Among the realms of taxi drivers there is always a small minority of scoundrels. In Saigon, though, this small minority seems to be getting larger.
Vietnam is now used to an influx of foreigners. In 2007 the country saw 3.6 million overseas visitors enter the country, a 3.7% increase on the previous year and although no precise figures exist, it is thought that anything from 80,000 to 120,000 foreigners now live in Vietnam.
While the world continues to fret and predict doomsday, we in Vietnam are not in an ‘R’ – a recession. We are growing and will continue to do so.
The six-month, multiple-entry working visa for Vietnam has never been anything to get concerned about. Go through an agent and no documents are required except your passport, and no questions are asked. The cost is around US$95 and within a week of making the form-less application, your passport is returned, all stamped and official.
No clear information is readily available on what you are entitled to if you want to visit or work in Vietnam. So, to follow is a rundown of what foreign nationals can apply for.