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IMMIGRATION UPDATE – VIETNAM

Posted: 31/07/2014              Author: June Mok

31 July 2014

Vietnam Work Permit Update: Experience Requirements to be Optional for Experts, Technicians & Teachers

Foreign experts, technicians and teachers will only have to show that they meet professional qualifications to apply for work permits, instead of having to prove many years of working experience.

The Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No. 47/NQ-CP on 8 July 2014, “Resolution 47,” to improve conditions for doing business in Vietnam. Among other changes, Resolution 47 addresses foreigners working in Vietnam. The legislative action is expected by the end of 2014.

High working experience requirements under the current regulations are deterring businesses from hiring qualified personnel. Generally, under current regulations, foreign “experts” and “teachers” must have both at least a college level degree and at least 5 years working experience. Likewise, “technicians” must have at least 3 years of work experience.

Alternatively, experts can be exempted from the experience requirement; they can produce a document to confirm that they are experts from a “competent agency, organization or enterprise.” However, this requirement is ambiguous and leaves room for the authorities to arbitrarily refuse work permit applications.

Resolution 47 provides that experts and technicians can show that they meet “specialist training qualifications” or have at least 5 years working experience. Foreign teachers can qualify with college-level degrees and must be “professional teachers,” but do not need any experience.

Work permit issuing authorities will still have discretion in deciding what qualifies as professional qualification or who is a professional teacher but Resolution 47 appears more reasonable with regard to working experience requirements.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following offices:

Anh Vo, GMS

General Manager, Vietnam

Santa Fe Relocation Services

T: +84 8 3933 0065 ext. 880

M: +84 (0)90 300 8483

E: anh.vo@santaferelo.com

Stephanie Ralainarivo, GMS

General Manager, Hanoi

Santa Fe Relocation Services

T: +84 4 3941 0805 ext. 14

M: +84 (0)90 809 6222

E: stephanie.ralainarivo@santaferelo.comPress Release We Make it Easy Page 2 of 2

For all other inquiries, please email Vietnam@santaferelo.com

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