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The only thing anyone knows for sure is -
All is flux, the only constant is change (this includes announcements about what might happen in six months). Fuck me!... it may have changed while I was typing.
The 'goal posts' are not static.
This one is different. It’s law that went through the National Assembly as an amendment to the law that was passed in 2014. It’s not just a memorandum passed down by an immigration official. In order to reverse it, they’d either have to repeal the law, or amend it again, a big process.
The question on everybody’s mind at this point is will they allow local check-ins at immigration in lieu of border runs. The law doesn’t provide for that, and nobody from the government has hinted at it. Still up in the air.
Indeed. However, based on "our" current interpretation of What's Really Going On, VN wants to discourage people from even thinking about coming in on a tourist visa and working. But the net is so wide that it captures all of us who have no intention of working. The obvious thing to do is create a retirement visa. But they had that chance with the recent immigration amendments. Vietnam is not looking good anymore.
To be fair, there's quite a few new visa categories for investors and there are other commendable features (elimination of cooling off period for those lucky countries on 15-day visa waivers). But still, no retirement visa.
A few weeks ago I bought a 3-month multi-entry VN tourist visa starting the end of this month for my Vung Tau trip. The plan was to go out and come back to stay in VT during March to prepare for resettlement there. I think that idea is, well, pretty much trash now.
There isn't such a thing as a long term 'tourist'.
Countries class where you spend the majority of the year as "Residence"
I note, the 2021 Regulations will only allow foreign employees a work permit for maximum 4 years.
If you own a Company or are on the Board the rules are quite good.
Motto - Be on the Board! (at least within 4 years!)
Or marry a local.
Best you all watch.
The video is clear that Vietnam has no interest in Retired people and sees little gain in having them. They want investors , and certain skills only. Also visa extentions do not seem likely.
Bye Bye Vietnam!!!!!!
Vung Tau will suffer and many businesses focussed on service to the expat community will likely close.
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