Work Permits in Vietnam

An overview of the process to be followed by foreigners coming to Vietnam for work...

Foreigners wishing to work in Vietnam must have a work permit in order to work for longer than three months and must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Ensure their health status is suitable to meet the job requirements
  • Possess a university degree and have a high degree of specialised knowledge or professional skills which are lacking in the domestic labour market, and have at least five years’ experience of working in the sector
  • Have no criminal record, and no criminal prosecution in Vietnam or their home country

The government organisation responsible for stipulating guidelines and policies on the recruitment and management of both local workers and foreigners working in Vietnam is the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs.


Foreigners do not require a work permit if they are:

  • Working in Vietnam for less than three months
  • A member or owner of a limited liability company or a member of the management board of a shareholding company
  • A lawyer, working under a professional licence issued by the Ministry of Justice
  • A Chief Representative Officer, Chief Project Officer, or representative of an international company operating in Vietnam
  • An internal transferee of a company that engages in one of the 11 service sectors as stated in Vietnam’s (World Trade Organisation) WTO service commitments:
    • For full details of Vietnam’s WTO service commitments: Click here (PDF)
  • Providing a professional and technical consultancy service for Official Development Aid programmes or projects
  • Conducing media activities in Vietnam, as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs