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How to get your work permit in Vietnam

by Neoma Simpson

According the law on employment and administration of foreigners working in Vietnam, every foreigner has to submit application for the issuance of a work permit.

The work permit will be issued by the local Department of Labour, where you work. In general, you can do everything your self, but in case you need support from a services company, GBS can be a good option. Based on my experience, scope of works of this services company as below:

  • After my confirmation with them about term and condition of services proposal, inclusive of fees, timing, required documents, GBS’ staff helped me drafting the application files (1) Application form, (2) Registration slips, (3) Curriculum vita and (4) related documents;
  • GBS’s staff submitted all application files to the local department of labor for me on my behalf
  • They follow-up the process of application and obtained the work permit for me within 10 working days.

You may find more details on their website by click here or contact the hotline at +84903189033


What is Work permit?

Work permit is a generic term for a legal authorization which allows a person to take employment. It is most often used in reference to instances where a person is given permission to work in a country where one does not hold citizenship, but is also used in reference to minors, who in some jurisdictions require a permit in order to work.

Who should apply for it?

All enterprises and organizations recruiting foreign laborers to work in Vietnam, except:

  • Foreign laborers entering Vietnam to work for a period of less than 03 (three) months; and those entering Vietnam to resolve an emergency situation such as a breakdown or a technically or technologically complex situation which suddenly arises and which affects, or has the risk of affecting production or business and which Vietnamese experts and foreign experts in Vietnam are not able to resolve
  • Foreigners who are members of the Board of Management or member’s council (in the case of a limited liability company) established under Vietnamese laws with legal status
  • Foreigners who are head of representative offices or branches in Vietnam
  • Foreign lawyers to whom Ministry of Justice has issued a certificate to practice in accordance with laws

Non-compliance penalty:

  • A fine between VND5,000,000 (~US$200) to VND10,000,000(US$500) is applied to employers using foreign laborers who have no work permit.
  • Sanction of expelling foreign laborers is applied when foreigners working in Vietnam for over 3 months have no work permit or use the invalid work permits as stipulated in Clause 1, Article 133 of supplemented and amended Labor Code.

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