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VIETNAM – Update on the Transition to an Online Work Permit Application System

, 06/09/2017

With an implementation date of 2 October 2017, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has issued a new instructional circular (Circular 23/2017/TT-BLDTBXH) providing the details for online submission and management of applications in the new online process.

While the new system remains optional for now in most Labour Department offices, the offices in Hanoi have completed their transition over to the new system, and electronic application submission has been mandatory there since 1 July 2017. Processing times are reduced for online submissions but not significantly.

The new Circular 23 provides detailed process instructions – including suggested submission timeframes and estimated processing times – of applications for job position approval, initial and renewals of work permits, and work permit exemptions.

Action Items

Companies not yet using the optional electronic applications process in the offices outside of Hanoi are encouraged to register for accounts and familiarize themselves with the new system now, as it is likely to become mandatory in other cities as more offices transition to the new system.