Under the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam, which came into effect on 1 January 2015, a “foreign investor” (nhà đầu tư nước ngoài) may be granted a long-term visa (or temporary resident permit) of up to five years. The problem is, however, that many foreign investors in Vietnam are companies, not individuals. Technically, the individual representatives of such foreign companies are not considered as foreign investors and are therefore not qualified for long-term visas to stay in Vietnam. In the past, individual representatives of foreign companies which invest in Vietnam may obtain a long-term visa on the ground that they enter into Vietnam to implement investment projects. Such regulations are now no longer valid. Accordingly, foreign directors/managers in Vietnamese companies who have obtained a long-term visa on the ground that they are representatives of foreign investors in the Vietnamese companies may now need to obtain a shorter visa on the ground that they are employees or staffs of the Vietnamese companies.