What are the procedures and requirements to get work permit in Vietnam?

A work permit is required when working in Vietnam for more than three months. This should ideally be applied 40 days by the employer with the Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Department before the foreign worker starts to work.

Currently, work permits for foreigners in Vietnam are valid for a maximum of two years. A new application must be made if the company plans to keep employing the foreign worker.

A Regular Dossier Includes

  • Work permit application forms
  • Health check certificate
  • Criminal records (issued within 180 days from the applicant country), if applicants have been stayed more than 6 months in Vietnam, applicant can provide a Vietnamese criminal records.
  • Legalized Degree (bachelor or higher)
  • Legalized Certificate of Experience (to prove that the foreign employee having at least 3 years experience in the position).
  • Notarized Copy of Passports (Full pages)
  • Notarized copy of Company Business License certificate (Employer’s ERC)
  • Pictures (4×6)


Processing time : Up to 40 working days after receipt a valid application.

Validity conditions : At least 18 years of age; apply for a position like manager, executive director or expert with technical skills and knowledge necessary for the job; and not currently subject to criminal prosecution in Vietnam or overseas.

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