Vietnam Cracking Down on Illegal Employment of Foreigners

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Apr. 29 – Next month, Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs will arrange nationwide inspections of companies employing foreigners in an attempt to root out those working illegally.

While it is legal for foreigners to work in Vietnam, it seems many companies are employing them without following the proper procedures and acquiring the requisite licenses.

“Many employers inspected blamed complicated procedures (for their non-compliance) although these are mandatory,” Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Hoa told Thanh Nien News.

The proposed inspection teams will consist of officials from the Labor Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Investment and Planning, to name a few.

Approximately 50,000 foreigners are currently working in Vietnam, according to Thanh Nien News, with an estimated 30 percent of them working illegally.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has suggested that the regulations and fines facing foreign employees and their employers will be amended by the end of May.