Virginia, US


If your company is sending employees to Vietnam—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Vietnam, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

In Vietnam, the immigration system operates distinctly from the employment/manpower system.  As a result, Work Permits are issued and regulated by the employment authorities and not the immigration authorities.

Foreign nationals who are on a short-term visit for 90 days or less may enter Vietnam via a business visitor status or via a business visitor visa (which are required for nationalities that are not visa-exempt).  Under certain circumstances, foreign nationals may obtain a Work Permit Exemption Report which allows them to work for up to three months without requesting a work permit. 

The primary category of work authorization is the Work Permit.  It can be granted for up to two years, however has a relatively lengthy processing time (over 100 days).  The Work Permit process is done in-country, but the applicant does not need to enter the country during this process.  After all documents are gathered, the Work Permit application is lodged with the Labour Department.  Upon the issuance and collection of the Work Permit, the employee can officially start work in Vietnam.  

Note that documents are required to undergo certification, apostille, and/or notarization.   

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.