The increased involvement of local authorities could exacerbate bureaucratic nightmares and may fuel corruption, company execs say Like a 2011 decree on foreign labor, a new one that took effect on November 1 continues to make it incumbent on employers to prove that they require foreign workers for jobs that Vietnamese simply cannot fill. But the new decree also reduces the validity of work permits for a broad category of foreign workers from three to two years, a provision that could aggravate the shortage of skilled workers already felt acutely by both foreign and local companies, company executives and analysts point out. RELATED CONTENT Vietnam's new rules on foreign workers likely to make things messy for employers Collateral damage feared as Vietnam gov't cracks down on illegal foreign workers They say the most glaring problem is that the decree requires a foreign work permit applicant to have both a four-year university degree in an exactly relevant subject, and … [Read more...] about Businesses grumble as Vietnam’s new foreign labor rules begin to bite
Vietnam work permit visa requirements
Vietnam's officials have pledged to simplify administrative procedures involving foreign workers in the country, including relaxing work permit and visa requirements for them. Duong Manh Hung, director of the Foreign Labor Department under the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said the government has instructed his agency to draft proposals on requirements for foreign professional workers. “It has been too strict when we require foreigners to have at least a bachelor degree and five years of experience in their field to be able to work in Vietnam,” he told a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. Hung said amendments to Decree 102 on foreign labor in Vietnam are expected to be approved and enforced in the third quarter this year. “We are also considering two proposals especially for workers from Southeast Asia, either removing work permit requirements or keeping them to the minimum,” he said. Multinational corporations Policy makers will … [Read more...] about Good job: Vietnam to ease visa, work permit requirements for foreigners
In December of 2012, prominent Ho Chi Minh City attorney Fred Burke told the assembled members of the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) and a raft of government officials that urgent reforms were needed in to the country's increasingly byzantine process of obtaining a work permit. "Work permits can take many months when the police or other authorities do not perform their role, and it is unreasonable to waste trained professionals' time waiting month after month on the company payroll for these administrative formalities," he said during a presentation of the findings of the Trade and Investment Working Group. Two years have passed, but little has changed. Despite repeated outcry from the business community, cities and provinces continue to muddle and complicate the already byzantine process of obtaining a work permit for a foreign employee. Even as the director of the Baker McKenzie law firm and a major player in the VBF, a consortium of international and local business associations and … [Read more...] about Confusing work permit policy concerns foreigners in Vietnam
Chinese workers are taking manual labor jobs from Vietnamese at a power plant in the south central province of Binh Thuan. The provincial Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs told the press that as of Monday there were 528 Chinese workers at the construction site of the Vinh Tan 2 coal-fired power plant in Tuy Phong District’s Vinh Tan Commune. However, only 283 of the Chinese workers have work permits, it said. There are four main Chinese contractors on the project. According to Vietnamese regulations, foreign companies bidding for Vietnamese government contracts must give priority to qualified Vietnamese workers. At the Vinh Tan 2 project, Vietnamese workers were not chosen because they are not qualified enough, Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, chief of the department’s Labor Office, said when asked why the contractors did not recruit Vietnamese. In their personal files, the Chinese workers at the project are called “engineers” and “skilled … [Read more...] about Chinese workers flood power plant in central Vietnam
As we get closer to the start of a new academic year, the advertisements for native English speaking teachers are on the rise, particularly outside the five main cities. The ads are a strange mix of promises too good to be true and schools in dire need of someone, anyone...SOON. >> An audio version of the story is available here All promise some mix of a good salary or hourly rate, accommodation and teaching hours – sadly few actually mention assistance with working permits, one-year visas or health and police checks. I hope the law changes in the near future to put the responsibility and liability on the hiring schools to complete the legal paperwork, as South Korea and Japan do, often through hiring companies. It’s good to have dreams, hey? Then there’s that great ad – the one that really catches your eye with bad spelling, wild promises (free accommodation on the beach – what...a tent?) or those … [Read more...] about Wanted in Vietnam: Good-looking English teachers. What?