Changes to regulations for foreign employees and work permits in Vietnam

Vietnam has a lot to offer foreign workers who are looking to transition to working abroad

From the stunning natural beauty of Vietnam to the thriving economy and room for greater opportunities, it’s no wonder so many people are looking to Vietnam to become foreign employees. If you are considering a move to Vietnam as a foreign employee, it is important to stay updated with the latest legislation surrounding work permits.

This article is going to outline the latest changes to work permits for foreign employees in Vietnam.

Changes for foreign employees – Resolution 105

Resolution 105/NQ-CP was issued by the Vietnamese government on September 9 as a way to support businesses struggling with the challenges brought on by the global pandemic.

The resolution not only aims to help businesses, but foreign workers, too. The resolution had eased many of the regulations surrounding the issuance, extension and certification of work documents necessary for work permits for foreign workers in Vietnam. Many of the older measures from Decree 152 have been relaxed, which is great news for foreign nationals.

What’s changed with Resolution 105?

With the introduction of Resolution 105, the Vietnamese government has empowered local authorities to relax the restrictions surrounding work permits. Some of these changes include:

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  • Degrees no longer have to be related to the job position in Vietnam. Previously under Decree 152, the university degree held by the foreign worker had to be related to their occupation, but now it doesn’t.
  • The training field does not have to be related to the job role either, which opens up positions for many more foreign workers.
  • If you are an expert or technician, you can use your previous work permits or certificates as a form of work experience. Previously, you were required to hold work experience from your home country.
  • You can move to another province or city for no more than six months without the need to reapply for a work permit. Employers must report the location of foreign workers to the labour department, however.

As well as these changes, the notarisation requirements for passports has been removed for foreign workers. Now, all you need is a valid copy of your passport. Moreover, foreign employees entering Vietnam will enjoy a more streamlined entry procedure that includes recognition of vaccine passports.

Employers must remain compliant

Although these changes in regulations are designed to make it easier for foreign workers to enter and re-apply for work permits, it is still important that employers remain compliant with the existing regulations. The Vietnamese government is clearly listening to businesses about their economic needs, and these changes hope to address many of these concerns. However, these changes need to be used within the existing framework, otherwise, companies run the risk of facing strict penalties. For employees, failure to adhere to these regulations could result in deportation for skirting labour rules.

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