The Government of Vietnam encourages the foreign or Vietnamese companies to employ local residents in priority. Otherwise, the companies must justify the added value which will be brought by expatriate employees in comparison with the Vietnameses.
The wholly foreign capital-owned companies are allowed to recruit only 3% of all expatriate employees in their workforce with a maximum threshold of 50 expatriates.
Note : The Provincial People's Committee may issue an authorization to raise the fixed threshold beforehand.
Foreign workers employed in companies, agencies, organizations and located in Vietnam must have a work permit :
The documents required to apply for a work permit :
1 cover letter;
1 criminal record;
1 curriculum vitae + 1 photo identification;
1 medical certificate:
1 copy for each degree, diploma and certificate;
3 color photos identification : 3cm x 4cm
The "labor service" of the province and the city under the central government he is in charge for issuing permits to foreigners working in Vietnam according to the form of the Ministry of Labour.