Thirty Percent of Foreign Employees Working Illegally in HCMC

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Mar. 10 – Ho Chi Minh City labor inspectors estimates that 30 percent of foreigners working in the city are illegal.

Among the 200 foreign-invested firms located in the city, 10,300 persons are official registered although the Department of Industry and Trade said the real number might be more because companies tend to hire foreigners even without registering them with the Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs.

According to the Department of Industry and Trade, there are now more than 2,000 representative offices in the country but only 156 are registered. Foreign employees hired illegally will be fined VND5-10 million following Decree No. 113.

Majority of authorized foreign employees come from Asian countries like Japan, South Korea and China working in education, footwear and textile manufacture, printing, finance, securities and construction.