Foreigners who are working in Vietnam for more than 3 months must apply for Work Permit Vietnam, expect from they are in the exempted cases. Applying for Work Permit Vietnam will need you to prepare some documents before entering Vietnam for working. What are the requirements for applying Work Permit Vietnam?
As already mentioned, you need a reason for hiring a foreign national instead of a local employee.
Hiring foreign workers is justified if the position has some specific requirements that you cannot find in Vietnam. For example, when you need someone with:
- Certain language proficiency
- Skills that are not available in Vietnam (for example, in the IT field)
- International experience
The submission of a foreign labor use report and a reason for hiring are enough when you want to hire foreign employees. No extra documents are required. However, note that you need to submit the report 30 days before the expected start of employment.
The visa agent can assist you in preparing the necessary paperwork and legalizing the documents issued abroad.
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What kind of visas and permits foreign workers need?
Foreign nationals must have a business visa or resident card and a work permit to work legally in Vietnam.
|Business Visa||Work Permit||Temporary Resident Card|
|Validity||Up to 12 months||24 months||24 months|
Business partner/ Employer in Vietnam
||Possession of a work permit|
You have to apply for a work permit if your employment in Vietnam is longer than three months. To get the work permit, you are required to have higher education and sufficient work experience in your field.
Work experience requirement for executives in a managerial position is three years. For non-managerial positions, the Master of Business Administration or some similar document would also be acceptable if the executive does not have enough work experience.
Directors are required to have one year of work experience in their field. Investors, on the other hand, do not need a work permit at all.
Often the problem is that candidates don’t have the documentation to prove their previous work experience. Your former employer must confirm your employment. A suitable document would be an employment record book or an experience letter.
Work permits are issued for 24 months, as stated in Article 173 of the New Labor Code No.10/2012/QH13. After the expiration of your work permit, you can apply for the renewal.
What documents are required to apply for a Work Permit Vietnam?
To apply for a work permit in Vietnam, you need to prepare the following documents:
- Medical examination certificate
- Criminal record certificate for the past six months
- Work experience certificate: issued by your former employers, original hard copy, shows that you have at least 3 years of working experience at the level of executive or higher. If it is issued outside of Vietnam, it must have consular legalization* in order to be used in Vietnam.
- Education degree: Bachelor or higher, photocopy. If it is issued outside of Vietnam, it must have consular legalization* in order to be used in Vietnam.
- Criminal record: issued within 6 months from your home country, original hard copy & it must have consular legalization* in order to be used in Vietnam.
- Other required papers: Health check-up certificate, portrait photos can be easily obtained in Vietnam.
- Legalized copy of your passport
Keep in mind that you need to legalize all the required certificates in the country of issuance. Visaonlinevietnam.com can assist you in preparing the application and collecting the documents in Vietnam.
Procedure for consular legalization of foreign document used in Vietnam
Step 1: Notarization
The documents issued by the competent bodies/organizations of foreign countries must be authenticated at a competent notary of the country where the documents were issued.
Step 2: Certified by foreign diplomatic body
The notarized documents must be certified by the competent diplomatic body of the country where the documents were issued, for example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as in Hong Kong, USA), or an equivalent body such as the Consular Division – Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia Putrajaya of Malaysia, Tokyo Legal Affairs Bureau of Japan or Singapore Academy of Law of Singapore for the signature and seal of the notary.
Step 3: Certified by Vietnamese diplomatic body, there are 2 options:
Notarized documents must be certified by the competent diplomatic representative body of Vietnam locates in the country where the document is issued
If the country has the diplomatic body in Viet Nam, foreign documents may be certified by such a body in Viet Nam.
Step 4: Translation into Vietnamese
Foreign documents must be translated into Vietnamese and certified the translation by the Justice Division of any District People’s Committee in Vietnam or notary service in Vietnam before being used in Vietnam.