Guidelines on granting work permit

On 20th January 2014, The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs issued Circular No. 03/2014/TT-BLDTBXH (Circular 03) providing guidelines on certain articles in Decree 102/2013//ND-CP on foreigners working in Vietnam:

·           Employers (except for contractors) are responsible for reporting to The Department of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs of the city/ province where the  company’s headquarter is located about its demand for foreign employees at least 30 days before recruiting foreign employees.

·           When employing foreign individuals not subject to work permission, the employer must send confirmation request (Form 10 attached with this Circular) to The Department of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs.

·           Circular No. 03 also provides detailed guidance on application documents for work permit and related forms in the appendix.


Circular No. 03 is effective on 10th March 2014, replacing Circular 31/2011/ TT-BLDTBXH.