Foreign workers can apply work permits online from October

Foreign workers in Vietnam can apply for work permits online from October 2. (Photo: VNA)

– Foreign workers in Vietnam can apply for work permits online from
October 2, according to a circular recently issued by the Ministry of Labour,
Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA).

The ministry issued Circular
No.23/2017/TT-BLDTBXH on granting work permits to foreign workers via the
Internet on August 15.

Accordingly, an
application for work permit of a foreign worker in Vietnam must be lodged at
least 20 days before the day the worker started working.

Employers of the
foreign worker must provide all required information of the worker to the
competent authority and explain why the worker is needed.

The competent
authority must produce a response to the application via email within 12 days
since the application is lodged. It also must detail reasons for rejecting the

The number of
foreigners working in Vietnam has increased significantly over the last ten
years, the MoLISA reported.

The number increased
from more than 12,600 in 2004 to more than 83,500 in 2015, the ministry has

Chinese workers make
up 30.9 percent of Vietnam’s foreign workforce, with 25,700 people, while those
from the Republic of Korea number over 15,300, Taiwanese more than 10,700 and
Japanese over 7,900.

HCM City is home to
the largest number of foreign workers, with more than 20,300 people, accounting
for 24.3 percent, followed by neighbouring Binh Duong province with more than
12,000 people (14.4 percent), Ha Tinh 7,000 people (8.4 percent), Hanoi 6,386
people (7.6 percent) and Dong Nai 6,205 people (7.4 percent).-VNA

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