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Visa & Stay Permit Card

 Service of stay permit card

 

1. Procedures of stay permit card (SP Card) application for foreign investors and family at central and Vientiane Capital levels.

After entering with NI-B2 business visa, the investors can apply the stay permit card via IOSSO, Investment Promotion Department, MPI to liaise with concerned sectors (in case the investors receive investment license, concession registration certificate or enterprise registration certificate at central or Vientiane Capital levels).

 

2. Procedures of stay permit card (SP Card) application for foreign investors and family at local levels (provinces).

In case the investors receive investment license, concession registration certificate or enterprise registration certificate at provincial levels, they can submit application via provincial PI sections to request the stay permit cards (SP Card) from foreigner control police sections of Provincial Public Security Headquarters.

In case the PI Section cannot provide service to request the stay permit card (SP Card), investors can submit their request directly to foreigner management police sections of Provincial Public Security Headquarters.

 

3. Complementary documents for stay permit and short-term multiple entry-exit visa with 3-month, 6-months and 1-year validity.

  1. Company’s proposal for registration, or stay permit card(SP Card) and visa;
  2. Visa used for entry into Lao PDR, if investors (for stockholders only) and family, must be NI-B2 business visa, for directors, deputy directors (none-stakeholders or none-investors) and technicians, must be LA-B2 business visa;
  3. Copy of foreign investment license or concession license;
  4. Copy of business operation license or factory establishment;
  5. Copy of enterprise registration certificate ( yearly );
  6. Copy of tax registration certificate ( yearly );
  7. Original passport and 4 photos of 3x4 size.

 

4. Conditions of stay permit card and long-term multiple entry-exit visas with 3-5 years validity.

  1. Investors holding with concession agreement with Government of Lao PDR from 10 years and above and family members can stay and receive multiple entry visa with 3-5 years validity, (foreign investors of both minor and major stockholders are entitled to the same privilege);
  2. Foreign directors, deputy directors and technicians will not be entitled to this privilege.  They will need to follow the usual practice, i.e. no longer than 1 year and can be renewed year-by-year;
  3. Foreign investors in general activities that have not had a contract with the Government of Lao PDR, but received enterprise registration certificate from Industry and Commerce sectors will also not be entitled to this privilege.  They will need to follow the usual practice, i.e. no longer than 1 year and can be renewed year-by-year;
  4. Foreign investors who have received an enterprise registration certificate from Industry and Commerce Sector, together with family members, stockholders, directors, deputy directors who have a purpose to apply for an approval of business visas shall prepare the determined printed form and submit to Investment One-Stop Service Office of Ministry of Planning and Investment only, as per Article 55 of the implemented decree of Investment Promotion Law;
  5. Investors with approved investment at local levels and contract with provinces will not receive this right also.  They will need to follow the usual practice, i.e., not more than 1 year and year-by-year renewal;
  6. In case the investors have signed the Concession Agreement with the Government of Lao PDR for many years, and the agreement will soon expire, they will be approved for the issuance of Stay Permit Card and multiple-entry visa in accordance with the remaining contract duration and if there is a renewal of the contract duration, the consideration will be the same as in Item 1.
  7. Provincial Police Headquarters in all over the country will only issue Stay Permit Card to foreign investors whose investments have been approved at that provincial level, with stay validity from 6to 12 months.

 

5. Complementary documents required for requesting a Stay Permit Card and3 to 5 year long-term multiple entry-exit visa.

  1. Company’s proposal for the stay permit card and long-term visa;
  2. Visa used for entering into Lao PDR, if investors (stockholders only) and family, must be NI-B2 business visa, for directors, deputy directors (who have no shares or are not investors) and technical officers, must be LA-B2 business visa;
  3. Copy of foreign investment license or concession license;
  4. Concession Agreement with Government with 10 years duration and above;
  5. Copy of business operation license or factory establishment;
  6. Copy of enterprise registration certificate ( yearly );
  7. Copy of tax registration certificate (yearly );
  8. Original passport and 4 photos of 3X4 size;

 

6. Levies and service fees:

-        Visa application form 5,000 Kip;

-        Multiple-entry visa with 3 month validity 300,000 kip (37.5 US dollars)

-        Multiple-entry visa with 6 month validity 600,000 kip (75 US dollars)

-        Multiple-entry visa with 12 month validity 1,200,000 kip (150 US dollars)

-        And other service fees.

Remarks: Persons approved for investment (possess investment license,concession registration certificate and enterprise registration certificate) at local and central levels will receive Stay Permit Card(SP Card) and multiple-entry visa with validity of not more than 1 year if the investors do not have Concession Agreement with Government for 10 year or above.

 

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Last update: 11 May 2017.