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New regulations on work permit applicable from 2021


Decree No. 152/2020/ND-CP dated December 30th, 2020 of the Government on foreign workers working in Vietnam and recruitment and management of Vietnamese workers working for foreign employers in Vietnam

This Decree provides for new regulations on foreign workers in line with the Labor Code No. 45/2019/QH14, including:

1. Requirements and procedures for issuance, re-issuance, renewal, revocation of work permits and certifications of exemption from work permit.

2. Recruitment, recommendation, management of Vietnamese workers working for foreign organizations and individuals in Vietnam.

One of the changes in comparison with the earlier regulations is that when a foreigner invests in establishment of an enterprise in Vietnam, he must contribute at least 3 billion dong in order to be the entity exempt from a work permit.

The exemption from the work permit for the case of entering Vietnam to hold the position of a manager, executive, expert or technical worker for a period of work of less than 30 days in only accepted up to 3 times a year. Under the earlier regulations, it was accepted if the accumulated working period in a year is under 90 days.

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