Vietnam work permit is an official certificate issued by the Department of Labor, Invalid and Society to allow its holder to work in Vietnam legally. It cannot be applied directly by the workers/foreigners, but with the assistance of their employers or a service center in Vietnam. And Vietnam work permit is an important paper to apply for a temporary residence card or a working visa for Vietnam. It is currently well governed by the Labor Code No. 45/2019/QH14 and the Decree No. 52/2020/ND-CP.
Here you can see a sample of Vietnam work permit:
In order to be eligible for Vietnam work permit application, the foreigners have employment in a company/entity registered and recognized in Vietnam.
Now, in this post, we will take you through details about the work permit for Vietnam.
To get a work permit in Vietnam, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Do you need a work permit to work in Vietnam? In fact, some foreigners are eligible for Vietnam work permit exemption.
According to the Circular No. 23/2017/TT-BLDTBXH guiding the online grant of work permits to foreign workers in Vietnam, the foreigner’s employer or his agent shall, at least 13 working days before the date the foreigner is expected to start working, fill in the request form and required documents to the Department of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs to apply for the work permit.
Here are the procedures and documents to get a work permit in Vietnam that both employer and foreign employee should follow:
At least 30 days before the expected date when the foreign worker starts his/her work at the company, the employer shall submit the application for approval of demand on using foreign workers.
In this step, the employer needs to prepare the following documents:
Then, all these documents will be submitted
Processing time is 15 working days (for direct submission) and 12 working days (or online submission).
The employer will need to prepare the following documents:
Quantity: 01 set
At least 15 days before the expected date when the foreign worker starts his/her work at the company, the employer shall submit the documents prepared to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs or the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of the province where the foreigner is expected to work.
The employer shall get the work permit issued in form 12/PLI within 05 working days after submitting full valid documents. In case of getting refused, the employer with get the clarifications.
The work permit request processing time is totally 20 working days (after receiving full required documents), including:
But all are highly recommended to carry out the procedure at least 30 days before the expected work start date of the foreigners.
The cost for Vietnam work permit varies by the province/city where you submit your application forms.
As provided for in the Decree No. 152/2020/ND-CP, a work permit is valid for up to 02 years, and it can be extended once for futher 02 years following this Vietnam work permit extension procedure. When the extended work permit become expired, the employer shall follow the same procedure to obtain a new work permit if he/she wishes to further employee such foreign employee.
A work permit may be terminated if:
The validity of the work permit for Vietnam is 2 years. And then, if you wish to work in Vietnam for longer, you can apply for work permit extension. But if you want to return to your home country or move to another country for work, before leaving Vietnam, your Work Permit needs to be canceled with the assistance of the Department of Labor, Invalids and Foreign Affairs. Foreign employees should return the permit to their employer within fifteen (15) days from the date that their employment ends. It is the employer’s responsibility to submit the permit with a notification letter to the local office of the Labor Department.
Applying for work permits in Vietnam can be complicated if you do not have adequate local knowledge or experience as the procedure required different steps and documents which may be subject to the change of legal regulation. Vietnam-visa’s experts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City may help you with Vietnam work permit service, in which we will:
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