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 entering Vietnam to conduct business activities for up to 30 days per visit (not exceeding 90 cumulative days per 12-month period ) will require a business visa. Entry on a tourist visa or visa exemption/waiver does not suffice.

The primary category of work authorization is the Work Permit. It can be granted for up to two years; however, it 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 foreign national can officially start work in Vietnam.  

Additionally, some categories of assignments and work activities do not require a Work Permit enabling the foreign nationals to apply instead for a Work Permit Exemption (WPE). Once the Labour authorities have certified that the foreign national does not require a Work Permit, he or she may begin their assignment.

Documents are required to undergo certification, apostille, and/or notarization.  

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