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13 September 2017

VIETNAM: Guidelines for Electronic Work Permit System

Vietnam has set out guidelines for the recently introduced online work permit application system in the circular no. 23.

The guidelines clarify the processing time for online work permit application per type of application. The guidelines further clarify that the online submission is optional; applications may continue to be submitted manually. The online option is only widely available in Hanoi, other jurisdictions have yet to implement it. 

The below guidelines provide an overview of the processing times and when online applications should be submitted. 

 

Type of application: Processing times: Application timing:
New work permit:  5 business days  >7 business days prior to start date
Work permit renewal:  3 business days  5-45 business days prior to expiry date
Work permit exemption:  3 business days  >5 business days before work start date
Foreign-labour demand:  12 business days  >20 business days before work start date
    >10 business days before for renewals

How does this affect the client?

The online option provides more flexible time frames, reduced paperwork and faster processing, but is not widely available in the whole country yet. 

 

 

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