Top 10 Questions about Hiring Foreign Workers in Vietnam

Posted 29.04. 2019 by Cekindo / Last update on 26.03. 2020

Following the current public health situations (coronavirus pandemic), foreigners who are experts, business managers, high-tech workers and have a certificate showing not tested positive for COVID-19, issued by competent authorities of the host country and approved by Vietnam MOH, will be allowed to enter Vietnam, However, they must be strictly isolated at established accommodation to ensure safety measures and prevent the spread of the virus.

 

Do you consider reaping the benefits of Vietnam’s booming economy and start a business or work in this beautiful country? Or are you already an expat living in Vietnam and thinking of recruiting more foreign talents and expanding your business? Recruitment in Vietnam plays a crucial role in every business trying to survive and grow in a dynamic country like Vietnam. Vietnam has so much to offer, apart from positive economic outlook. No wonder foreigners have been flocking in over the years.

Cekindo has compiled a list of the most popular questions related to recruitment in Vietnam, particularly on hiring foreign workers. Read on for essential information on recruitment, work permit, requirements and more.

Foreign Recruitment in Vietnam: Top 10 Questions

1.Is there any ratio of foreign to local employees required under Vietnamese Labour Law?

No, there is not any. However, foreigners are not allowed to hold every position in the company.

Have you heard about the increase of minimum wage in Vietnam starting in January 2020? Read here.

2.Are foreign employees allowed for any kind of titles or positions in the company?

No. As a business owner, you can only recruit foreign nationals to fill positions of certain skills, of which you need to prove that you cannot find any locals in Vietnam that meet the criteria to fill those positions.

In other words, you cannot employ a foreigner in Vietnam to fill a job that can be done by locals.

 

3.So what are the specific skills that are currently lacking in the job market in Vietnam and requiring foreign employment?

Here are some specific skills that are favored by the government:

  • Foreigners with good language mastery, especially in English
  • Foreigners with IT, digital skills, or skills that are in shortage in Vietnam
  • Foreigners with international experience and exposure

 

4.What does a company have to do to hire a foreign employee?

You will need to submit a foreign labour use report along with your reason for hiring a foreigner. The report is required to be submitted 30 days before the commencement of work.

The report and paperwork can be prepared with the assistance from Cekindo.

 

5.What kind of permit or visa that a foreigner needs to be employed or start a business in Vietnam?

There are two permits that a foreigner needs to stay and work legally in Vietnam:

 

6.What are the validity of a business visa, a work permit and a resident card?

  • Business visa: maximum 12 months
  • Work permit: 24 months
  • Resident card: 24 months

 

7.What are the requirements for each type of permit or visa?

Business Visa

  • Required for employment that lasts for fewer than 3 months in Vietnam
  • Suitable for business partners or employers in Vietnam
  • An invitation letter or sponsorship letter is compulsory

Work Permit

  • Can be renewed once it has expired
  • For employment of more than 3 months
  • Applicant needs to have the qualifications of higher education and enough work experience in a related field
  • Minimum 3-year work experience for managerial position
  • Minimum 1-year work experience for director position

Resident Card (Residence Permit)

  • Given that you have already got a work permit, only then you can apply for a temporary residence permit
  • Can be applied after the receipt of a work permit
  • Same validity as the work permit

 

8.Do investors need a work permit?

No, they do not. As long as they are not a director or an employee of a company, foreign investors do not need any work permit.

 

9.What is the processing time to obtain a work permit in Vietnam?

Generally, it takes roughly 15-30 days for the entire process.

 

10.What are the documents required for work permit application?

You need the following documents to apply for a work permit:

  • Application form
  • Certificate of medical examination
  • Certificate of work experience
  • A certified copy of foreigner’s passport
  • Certificate of criminal record

Related article: Insider Tips on Foreign Employment in Vietnam


How Cekindo Can Help

You are advised to seek a professional consultancy prior to hiring any foreign workers in Vietnam. Then, we can also assist you with visa and work permit applications as well as recruiting the best talent for your company, both locals and foreigners. Get in touch with us today.