Work permit

Work permits service for foreigners at Vietnam

The number of foreign skilled workers coming to Vietnam has steadily increased in recent years, surging to over 87,000 at the end of 2019. Most foreign workers that come to Vietnam are employees of foreign contractors, working for, or establishing, foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, coming from over 100 countries.

A Vietnamese entity is permitted to recruit foreign workers in order to work as managers, executive directors and experts where local hires are not yet able to meet production and business requirements. Unlike in certain other Asian countries, Vietnamese representative offices are also able to hire staff directly.

To demonstrate the necessity of a foreign employee, 30 days prior to recruiting the foreign employee, the entity must publicly announce recruitment for this position to Vietnamese job seekers in a Vietnamese newspaper or online portal.

Evidence of this announcement must be presented in the application for a work permit for a foreign employee. The other option is to recruit foreigners through a government-owned employment service center.

When hiring foreign staff in Vietnam, there are a number of procedures and legal frameworks that must be understood.

Work permit procedures and requirements

A work permit is required when working in Vietnam for more than three months. This should ideally be applied 15 days by the employer with the provincial Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) before the foreign worker commences their employment. Work permit processing times take up to 10 business days.

Where a work permit is not compulsory, a notice must be submitted seven days in advance to the provincial MoLISA prior to working in Vietnam. Currently, work permits for foreigners are valid for a maximum of three years and are not renewable. A new application must be made if the company wishes to continue employing the foreign worker.

To be eligible for a work permit, the applicant must comply with the following conditions:

A work permit may be terminated in the following circumstances:

The following situations exempt the foreigner from needing a work permit:

Vietnamese authorities are becoming stricter regarding work permits. Those who violate the regulations by working in Vietnam without a work permit may be penalized or, if unable to meet work permit requirements, deported back to their home countries within 15 days. In addition, the employer’s operations may be suspended for three months with a possible penalty of up to US$3,300.

We are honoured to gain your faith in our legal services on work permit application, and work permit extension for foreigners and foreign professionals/experts

For this reason, has developed the work permit application service in order to:

  1. Update you with the latest regulations on Vietnam work permits;
  2. Check if you are eligible for work permit exemption and assist you with the procedure to get work permit exemption certificate;
  3. Minimize your documents to be submitted for work permit application;
  4. Instruct you how to prepare and where to get all the necessary documents;
  5. Check for legality as well as logics of your documents;
  6. Follow all the procedures with the Vietnam Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs on y our behalf,
  7. Update your work permit processing status, and
  8. Save your time for other businesses.

We are always here to support you with free consultation for a Vietnam work permit or work permit service. Let us know your contact details and we will get back to you shortly with all updates.