Vietnam hub stops extending foreigners’ work permits

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A foreign teacher at Le Van Sy Elementary School in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
Foreign laborers in Ho Chi Minh City will have to apply for new licenses, instead of extensions, when their work permits expire, according to a recent notice issued by the city’s labor authority.
The HCMC Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ latest move was explained as being motivated by a desire to comply with a decree issued by the government on November 1, 2013, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon Online reported on Wednesday.
According to the decree, in order to apply for a work permit, foreign laborers must submit certificates of expertise, criminal records issued by their home authorities, and criminal records issued by Vietnamese agencies.
The license is valid for two years.
An unnamed official at the department was quoted as saying that the new rule will cause troubles to businesses and foreign laborers in the city.
Some foreigners, for instance, will have to fly back to their home countries to get their criminal records, because the existing Vietnamese laws ask the records to be issued within six months of their submitting the application.
According to the newspaper, authorities in provinces around HCMC like Binh Duong and Dong Nai have kept on extending work permits for foreign laborers.

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