To resolve some of the difficulties facing enterprises and foreign workers, the resolution No. 105/NQ-CP on support for enterprises, cooperatives, and business households has been approved by the Prime Minister and was issued on September 9.
To facilitate foreign workers coming to work in Vietnam, the Government requested the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to relax some of the regulations and conditions on granting and extending Work Permits, while ensuring pandemic prevention and control measures are not compromised.
Under Point A, Clause 3, Article 3 of Decree No. 152/2020/ND-CP, foreigners must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or an equivalent degree, and have at least three years of work experience in the field were trained. That experience and academic qualification must match the job that the Work Permit application is related to.
This rule has now been eased; foreigners must still hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or an equivalent degree, and have at least three years of work experience in a field relating to the Work Permit application.
However, Point A, Clause 6, Article 3 of Decree No 152/2020/ND-CP states that the requirement for “having at least three years of work experience in the specialities that workers were trained in” has now been amended to “having at least three years of work experience that matches the jobs foreigners plan to work in Vietnam”.
It means that, with the harder regulations issued few months ago, expats had to have the experience in thier own country, but now they can use the experience, their previous work permit in Vietnam as proof of experience in the field that they are applying for. The new regulation really benefits people reapplying for work permit in the country.
Point B, Clause 4, Article 9 of Decree No. 152/2020/ND-CP supports this with the term “giấy chứng nhận” (testimonial). This means that previous issued Work Permits can now be used as documentation to prove eligibility for new Work Permit applications, removing the need for all previous experience to have been gained outside of Vietnam
It now reads: “The papers proving experts and technical workers under regulations in Clauses 3, 6 in Article 3 of this Decree are: diplomas, degrees, certificates, testimonials; confirmation documents issued by agencies, organizations, and enterprises in other countries about the years of experience of experts and technical workers; or the already granted work permits to prove experience.”, Vietnam News Agency reported.
According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs, there were roughly 101,550 expats working in Vietnam as of June 2021.
The expats in Vietnam mostly reside in the major cities of the country such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, etc. And in every city, there are designated areas that specifically cater to international residents’ lifestyle while retaining the authentic Vietnamese culture.