What You Should Know About Applying For A Work Permit For Expat In Vietnam
November 5, 2021
In addition to the basic procedures and regulations for foreigners working in Vietnam, businesses and foreign workers must pay special attention to additional restrictions during the COVID-19 period to complete the visa process and promptly apply for a work permit.
What you should know about applying for a work permit for expat in Vietnam
Expat visa for foreigners working in Vietnam is a type of long-term visa (from 3 months to 1 year) granted to foreigners coming to Vietnam to work. It applies to people who fulfill the criteria for a visa work permit or working conditions under the Vietnamese Labor Law.
1. Visa issuance requirements
Workers must guarantee an organization, agency, or other entity operating in Vietnam to be granted a foreigner visa. Employees must also have a passport or other valid international travel documents, with the passport’s remaining validity being at least one month longer than the visa’s.
2. Dossier and procedures for requesting an entry letter and obtaining a visa
Sponsoring organizations and businesses must provide:
- A notarized copy in addition to a full passport.
- Visa approval letter.
- Entry and exit declaration form.
- Personal photos of foreign workers.
A notarial copy of the business registration certificate or an equivalent document, as well as a notarial copy of the seal sample registration certificate, are also required for a complete application.
The following steps are involved in the application for an entry letter and the issuance of a visa:
- Step 1: Fill out the declarations with the necessary information, then the guarantor signs and stamps, completing a set of documents.
- Step 2: Submit your application and wait for your appointment letter from the Immigration Department.
- Step 3: Receive notification about the result.
- Step 4: The approval notice is delivered to the consignee, and the scan is given to the foreigner.
- Step 5: Foreigners will obtain visas at the Vietnamese Embassy in their home country or the airport Customs in Vietnam after paying the prescribed fee.
Notes during the COVID-19 pandemic
Foreigners wishing to enter Vietnam when the entire world is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic must prepare additional necessary procedures for a quick and safe entry.
To be granted written permission to employ foreign workers by the People’s Committee of the province/city where they will be working, foreigners must provide documents and qualifications proving that their experience is appropriate for the job they will be doing in Vietnam. Following that, foreigners must seek approval from the Department of Health before applying for an entry letter from the Immigration Department to obtain a visa.
Foreigners must ensure that they have international valid medical insurance with a clause to cover the cost of Covid treatment or a confirmation from the guarantor for treatment costs, if any, before traveling to Vietnam. Simultaneously, plan the schedule by the current travel situation and the work plan in Vietnam. To prepare for the medical declaration and quarantine steps upon entry, the foreigner and guarantor must actively register the quarantine location and the shuttle bus from the airport to the quarantine location.
Benefits of using expat services
With so many procedures and documents to prepare, especially in the context that Vietnam and the rest of the world are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, visa services for foreign partners like Talentnet are the best option.
Talentnet offers a comprehensive service package for corporate customers relating to foreign workers, ranging from consulting on conditions and supporting procedures, obtaining the necessary documents to apply for a foreigner visa, calculating salaries and expat tax declaration, and finalizing the steps of exiting the country.
With a team of professional service providers who are regularly updated and well-informed about regulations and legal issues, Talentnet efficiently assists customers in saving time and solving problems that arise during the entry process and the application for a foreign worker’s entry visa.