Foreigners who are eligible for residency in Vietnam can look forward to a shorter processing time for residency permit applications.

Foreigners whose spouse, children or parents are Vietnamese residents are eligible for a residency permit, which will now take a maximum of four months to process instead of the previous six months. In special cases where verification of documents takes extra time, the processing period can be extended by up to two months.

The Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security is in charge of verifying documents in applications for residency.

In addition, a foreigner who wishes to obtain a temporary residence permit in Vietnam should submit a set of documents to the Vietnam Immigration Department or the provincial immigration departments.

The application must include documents such as identity papers and documents proving the foreigner's eligibility for temporary residency in the country.

The new regulations will come into force in late February./.