Vietnam introduces various immigration changes
11/11/2013

The Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has announced new immigration rules which will affect the work permit application requirements and process, reports Nair & Co.’s Global HR Team.

Online PR News – 11-November-2013 – 1250 Oakmead Parkway, Suite 210 Sunnyvale, CA 94085, U.S – The Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has announced new immigration rules which will affect the work permit application requirements and process, reports Nair & Co.’s Global HR Team. The new Labor Code is effective 1 November 2013.

Significant highlights of the new rules include the following:

* Hiring Foreign Nationals
* Companies seeking to hire foreign nationals because of lack of local qualified workers must report their requests and obtain a letter of approval from People's Committee of the province/city where the company's head office is located.
* Work Permit Application
* Applications for a work permit must include the above referenced letter of approval from People's Committee. Internal company transfers must provide evidence of employment for 1 year prior to the new assignment.
* Requests for renewing Work Permits must be submitted 5 to 15 days in advance of expiration.
* Additional Work Permit Category – Technical Workers
* There are now four categories of workers who qualify for work permits.

Technical Workers who have proven qualifications have been added to the existing categories of Managers, Executives and Experts.
* Work Permit Exemption – New Categories
* Exemptions now include certain teachers, holders of Master’s Degrees or higher who engage in consultation, research, volunteers, etc.

Companies planning to hire foreign workers in Vietnam may benefit from the new amendments, however should be mindful of new work Permit documentation requirements and procedures. Professional advice should be sought on the norms governing work permit requirements for skilled foreign labor.

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