Permits for foreigners working in Vietnam

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Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs released the Circular 24/2015/TT-BLDTBXH on the details of the enforcement of Section 6, Article 14 of the Government’s Decree No. 87/2014/ND-CP on the attractions for Vietnamese individuals working in science and technology in foreign lands and foreign specialists working in science and technology in Vietnam.

According to Section 6, Article 14 of the Decree No. 87/2014/ND-CP, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs implements the streamlined procedures and formalities to issue work permits for Vietnamese expatriates and foreign specialists working in science and technology in Vietnam.

The circular regulates that work permits are printed and unified by the Bureau of Employment.

The work permit application set includes: the organization’s application for work permit; the competent authority’s written approval, as regulated, of the use of the science and technology specialists; the notarized copy of the original passport or valid replacement or valid international travel paper, according to the laws; 2 color portrait photos taken in less than 6 months before the submission of the dossiers.

In at least 10 work days prior to the science and technology specialists’ first work day in Vietnam, the organization must submit 1 work permit application set, directly or by post or by email via http://www.vieclamvietnam.gov.vn, to the Bureau of Employment.

In 3 work days upon the receipt of the full work permit application set, the Bureau of Employment issues the work permits to the science and technology specialists. If no work permit is issued, a written response that specifies reasons will be given.

A work permit, which is issued at an organization’s request and subject to the written approval by a competent authority or the Prime Minister, is legally limited to 2 years.

In addition, a work permit is reissued if: 1- The work permit is lost, damaged or an amendment to the work permit, except for the change of the organization, occurs; 2- The work permit expires.

Though no work permit is issued to the science and technology specialists working in Vietnam in less than 30 days, the organization is responsible for reporting to the Bureau of Employment.

This circular is effective as of 01 October 2015.

(Translated by PNVT – from Chinhphu.vn)

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