How Can You Legally Work in Vietnam?
Table of contents Do you need a work permitÂ in Vietnam?Work PermitBusiness Visa in VietnamAre you going to work in Vietnam? This article will explain the kind of visas and permits you will need to work in Vietnam legally. Who must apply for a Work Permit and Business Visa in Vietnam and what are the crucial […]
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Are you going to work in Vietnam? This article will explain the kind of visas and permits you will need to work in Vietnam legally.
Do you need a work permit in Vietnam?
All foreign workers in Vietnam must have a work permit if they work for longer than 3 months. If the employment is shorter then a business visa is enough.
A work permit allows you to work in Vietnam. Additionally you will need a way to stay in the country.
If your employment contract is for less than a year you are eligible for a business visa. For longer employment you will need to get a temporary residence.
Both options allow you to enter and leave the country as often as needed.
Required qualifications for work permit in Vietnam
- To qualify for a work permit you should meet the following requirements:
- Higher education
- Expertise in the field
- Senior positions may also need up to 3 years of relevant working experience
If you or your candidate doesn’t meet all the demands then a shorter business visa is an easy alternative.
Note that some positions are reserved for Vietnamese nationals only. Read also about Hiring Foreign Workers in Vietnam.
Your employer must first submit the use of foreign workforce. This must also emphasize the reasons of hiring a foreigner instead of local staff. Mostly it is enough when adding to it that the position requires:
- International experience
- Expertise about the field of business
- Good level of English
After receiving the approval the employer will submit the work permit application. Make sure they do so at least 30 days before the start of your employment in Vietnam.
2018 Changes in the Vietnamese Regulations on Hiring Foreign Nationals
Now the managers and directors can have one year of work experience instead of three.
Depending on the purpose of your visit, you may receive a Business Visa valid for up to 12 months.
- Travel, work and do business in Vietnam
- Use it to apply for a work permit
- Open a bank account in a commercial bank in Vietnam
- Extend visa without leaving Vietnam
You also don’t need a work permit if you are a founder of a company in Vietnam.
To work on a Business Visa, a foreigner requires either of the two:
- An invitation letter from a business partner based in Vietnam
Emerhub can issue the invitation letter or draft sponsorship letter for you.
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