Work permit in Vietnam

Work Permit and Residence Card in Vietnam

1. Who needs a work permit in Vietnam?

Foreigners who move to Vietnam for employment for:

a) Executing the labor contracts; or

b) Complying with the company’s internal reassignments; or

c) Enforcing contracts or agreements on business, commerce, finance, banking, insurance, science and technology, culture, sports, education, vocational training, and health; or

d) Providing services under contracts; or

e) Offering services; or

f) Working for foreign non-governmental organizations or international organizations in Vietnam that have been granted operating licenses by the Vietnam law; or

g) Working as volunteer; or

h) Taking charge of establishing the commercial presence; or

i) Working as managers, chief executive officers, experts, technicians; or

k) Participating in the execution of bid contracts and projects in Vietnam.

(Except in some cases)

2. What if foreign employees work in Vietnam without a Work Permit?

Expats working in Viet Nam without work permits (except where they are exempted by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, & Social Welfare) will be expelled from the country.

3. An application for the work permit consists of:

- A request was written by the employer for a work permit for the employee.

- A medical certificate, issued by authorized agencies either abroad or in Viet Nam and valid for 12 months.

- Criminal record from the country of origin. If the employee has resided in Vietnam, he only needs to obtain this from the Vietnamese authorities.

- Documents to support qualifications as managers, executives, professionals, or technical workers. In other cases, these documents can be replaced by:

+ A certificate for traditional craft

+ An experience qualification for a soccer player.

+ An aircraft license issued by authorized agencies in Vietnam for foreign pilots.

+ An aircraft maintenance license issued by authorized agencies in Viet Nam for foreign aircraft maintenance technicians.

- Proof of employment with foreign companies that send staff to work in Viet Nam

- Two color photos (size 4cm x 6cm, white background, looking forward, bareheaded, no colored glasses), taken within the last six months.

- A notarised copy of passport

Documents provided by foreign companies and organizations must go through a process of consular notarization before being sent to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, & Social Welfare.

The work permit duration shall not exceed 02 years and can be re-issued.

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