A string of foreigner-related policies came into effect in Vietnam last year.
A string of foreigner-related policies came into effect last year, including those on management of foreign workers working, fees and charges in immigration, transit, and residence, permanent residence registration, assessment of Vietnamese language proficiency for foreigners, procedures on the entry into Vietnam applicable to foreigners, overseas Vietnamese and their relatives.
Management of foreign workers in Vietnam
Decree 152/2020/ND-CP on foreign workers in Vietnam and recruitment and management of Vietnamese workers working for foreign organizations and individuals in Vietnam, dated December 30, 2020 came into effect from February 15, 2021.
Specifically, a foreign employee who is the owner or capital contributor of a limited liability company with a capital contribution value of VND3 billion or more; foreigner who enters Vietnam to work as specialist, manager, executive or technical employee for fewer than 30 days per entry and not exceeding three times in a year are exempted from work permit.
Foreigners are exempted from work permit including volunteers; relatives of members of foreign representative missions in Vietnam, foreign employees entering Vietnam certified by the Ministry of Education and Training to teach and research.
The validity period of a granted work permit must not exceed two years. In case of re-grant, the validity period of a work permit re-granted must equal the validity period of the granted work permit minus the foreign employee’s working period counted by the time of request for re-grant of the work permit. The permit is extended once for a maximum period of two years.
|A temporary resident card.|
Temporary residence declaration
Circular 55/2021/TT-BCA, dated May 15, 2021, came to effect from July 1, 2021, stipulated that foreigners granted Vietnamese citizenship must have a decision granting Vietnamese citizenship of the President of Vietnam when they apply for permanent residence registration for the first time.
Foreigners who are granted temporary residence cards can buy apartments. They can stay in Vietnam for a period of time while their temporary residence card is still valid without having to leave the country. Foreigners save money due to not have to apply for visa extension many times and save the travel costs. In addition, they can carry out business procedures, get married, very conveniently.
Debt rescheduling for clients affected by Covid-19
Circular No. 14/2021/TT-NHNN dated September 7, 2021 of the State Bank of Vietnam amending and supplementing a number of articles of the State Bank Governor’s Circular No. 01/2020/TT-NHNN of March 13, 2020, on credit institutions and foreign bank branches carrying out debt rescheduling, giving exemption from or reduction of loan interests and charges, and maintaining classified loan groups in order to help their clients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accordingly, credit institutions and foreign bank branches reschedule debit of balance of loan principal and/or interest of the debt that fully meet the following conditions: Arising before August 1, 2021, from lending and financial leasing activities; giving rise to obligations to repay loan principals and/or interests from January 23, 2020 to June 30, 2022.
This Circular takes effect on September 07, 2021.
Fees and charges in immigration transit and residence in Vietnam
Circular No. 25/2021/TT-BTC dated April 7, 2021 of the Ministry of Finance prescribing the rates of charges and fees related to exit from, entry into, transit through and residence in Vietnam and took effect on May 22, 2021.
Circular 25 stipulates a number of subjects entitled to charge and fee exemption including: Guests of the Party, State, Government; Officers and staff members of foreign diplomatic missions and consulates and Vietnam-based representative offices of international organizations and their family members; Foreigners who enter Vietnam to provide relief or humanitarian aid.
Fee for grant of passports (including chip-based e-passports and non-chip passports) is VND200,000/time for first-time grant, VND400,000/time in case of re-grant of damaged or lost passports, and VND 100,000/time in case of grant of written certifications of personnel details. Fee for grant of exit permits is VND200,000/time, fee for issuance of diplomatic notes on visa application is VND10,000/time; fee for first grant of APEC Business Travel Cards (ABTC) is VND1.2 million/time, in case of re-grant, such fee is VND1 million/time; fee for grant of AB stamps is VND50,000/time.
Rules on testing of Vietnamese language proficiency for foreigners
Circular 27/2021/TT-BGDT of the Ministry of Education and Training on organization of Vietnamese language proficiency tests for foreigners came into effect from November 22, 2021.
Under the Circular, Vietnamese language proficiency certificates are granted to foreigners who have passed a test within the six-level Vietnamese language competency framework.
The certificate form is provided by the Ministry of Education and Training.
Stopping automatic visa extension for stranded foreigners
The automatic extension of visas for foreign nationals stranded in Vietnam due to Covid-19 ended from January 15, 2022 as Vietnam has begun to gradually resume regular commercial flights.
Foreigners who entered Vietnam with a visa exemption certificate, e-visa, or tourist visa have been getting their stay extended automatically since March 1, 2020, as they were unable to leave the country after it shut its borders.
In recent days foreign embassies in Vietnam have also been urging their citizens to review their visa status and leave Vietnam if necessary to avoid overstaying.
New policies to ease entry procedures for foreigners, overseas Vietnamese and their family members
In accordance with directions stated by Permanent Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh in the Government Office’s Document no. 450/VPCP-QHQT dated January 18, 2022, the Immigration Department announced new policies to ease entry procedures for foreigners, overseas Vietnamese and their family members as follows:
– Foreigners and overseas Vietnamese, who hold valid permanent or temporary residence cards, visas and visa exemption certificates, can enter Vietnam in accordance with the Law on foreigners’ entry into, exit from, transit through and residence in Vietnam without having to obtain prior approval from relevant Ministries, sectors, and local authorities or undergoing pre-clearance procedures at the Immigration Department.
– Foreigners who wish to enter Vietnam for market research, business, investment, work, conferences, study, family visits but do not have one of the above-mentioned documents must obtain approval from the provincial People’s Committees or Ministries, sectors, and central authorities before undergoing sponsoring, inviting procedures for visas at the Immigration Department.
– All entrants must adhere to applicable Covid-19 prevention regulations by the Ministry of Health.
– Those wishing to enter Vietnam for tourism purposes can do so by joining tour groups under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, Tourism’s pilot inbound tourism program.
The Immigration Department of Vietnam has announced new policies on easing entry procedures for foreigners and overseas Vietnamese as well as their family members with valid visas or visa exemptions.
The Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday sent a document to departments and agencies on the implementation of medical instructions for epidemic prevention for foreigners entering Vietnam to work for a short time.