Vietnam – Some Provinces Now Require Residence Card Cancellation Before Departure

Posted on July 30, 2018

Effective immediately, the immigration authorities in some provinces in Vietnam are requiring foreign nationals who are terminating their assignments and leaving the country to surrender and cancel their Temporary Residence Card (TRC) prior to their departure. In these cases, the… Read more »


Vietnam – Work Permits linked to Company Business License in Ho Chi Minh City

Posted on July 3, 2018

Work permits in Ho Chi Minh City are now being linked to the sponsor company’s business license and will be issued for either two years, or to the expiry of the company’s business license, if it is less than 2… Read more »


Vietnam – New Work Permit Eases Criteria for Intra-Company Transfers

Posted on September 25, 2017

  Effective immediately, the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Labour Department is accepting applications for a new category of work permit which eases key requirements for intra-company transferees. The new classification, called “Manager, Executive Director, Expert and Technical Worker”, only… Read more »


Vietnam – Nationwide Online Portal System

Posted on August 28, 2017

In a draft released by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, a new national wide portal will become mandatory for all provinces beginning July 1, 2017. Testing of the portal has now begun until June 30. Benefits of… Read more »


Vietnam – New 30-Day E-Visa for Nationals of 40 Countries

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective February 1, 2017, Decree 07/2017/ND-CP introduces guidelines on the implementation of an e-visa pilot program. E-Visa The principal details of the new e-visa are as follows: Travelers of 40 nationalities can apply for an e-visa through the Vietnamese government’s… Read more »


Vietnam – Operating Offices Now Eligible to Apply for Work Permit Exemption for Intra-Company Transferees

Posted on August 28, 2017

Vietnam – Operating Offices Now Eligible to Apply for Work Permit Exemption for Intra-Company Transferees Effective February 1, 2017, Circular 35 provides guidance on the implementation of Decree 11 of 2016, and details rules for intra-company transfers to Vietnam that… Read more »


Vietnam – Clarification on Assignment Letters

Posted on January 20, 2017

The Vietnamese authorities have provided further clarification on work permit procedures, after issuing Circular 40 last month, announced here, which provided guidelines on the implementation of Decree 11. Among the key points is a new rule that an assignment letter… Read more »


Vietnam – Guidance Circular Clarifies Quarterly Reporting Requirement

Posted on December 9, 2016

The Vietnamese authorities have issued circular 40/2016/TT-BLDTBXH, which provides guidelines on the implementation of decree 11/ND-CP/2016, and which comes into effect on 12 December 2016. The circular clarifies a requirement for employers to report foreign labour usage every quarter. Circular… Read more »


Vietnam – Visa Waiver for Five European Countries Extended for One Year

Posted on July 8, 2016

The Vietnamese government has issued a Resolution extending the visa waiver program for nationals of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom for another year. The terms of this extension remain unchanged from when the visa waiver was initially… Read more »


VIETNAM – New Decree Brings Changes to Work Permit Rules from April 2016

Posted on February 26, 2016

A new decree, in force from April 1, 2016, includes new rules for the issuance, renewal, amendment and annulment of work permits. Below we outline the key points of Decree 11/2016/ND-CP of February 3, 2016, which replaces Decree 102/2013/ND-CP of… Read more »