New labor rules will soon go into effect beginning February 15,
2021 regarding work permit exemptions, term of work permits,
contracts, and reporting requirements.
Work Permit Exemption
Decree 152 now allows the below cases to be exempt from
requiring a work permit:
- Marriage to a Vietnamese citizens and
living in Vietnam;
- Managers, CEOs, skilled and expert
workers working in Vietnam for less than 30 days per trip and no
more than three trips per year;
- Set up of a commercial presence of a
foreign entity in Vietnam;
- Owners or shareholding members of
limited liability companies with a capital contribution of VND 3
billion or more; and
- Chairpersons or members of the Board
of Directors of joint-stock companies with a capital contribution
of 3 billion VND or more.
Term of Work Permit
Work permits in Vietnam may only be for a maximum of two years
and can only renew once for a further two- year permit. If the
foreign national is required to stay in Vietnam, they must submit a
new work permit.
The new labor rules request that employers withdraw work permits
from foreign workers once the work permit is no longer valid within
15 days. An explanation letter must also be submitted in
reference for the reason of withdrawal to the Labour Authority.
Employers must also report their foreign workers that travel to
Vietnam, to work for less than 30 days per trip and no more than
three trips per year, to the Labour Authorities with at least three
days in advance.
Between July 5, 2021 and January 5, 2022, employers must submit
a bi-annual report to the relevant Labour Authority of the status
of foreign employees working for the Vietnamese company.
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