Living and working in Vietnam

Documents for living and working

Whenever it is necessary to visit a government office, it is important to arrive 15-30 minutes before opening time in order to take a number and get faster service. Typical opening hours for government offices is 7:30am and 1:30pm. No government offices work during lunch time or weekends.

Whenever submitting documents at any government office, they must be originals or they must be notarized copies. In some cases, originals are necessary, so be prepared by taking both originals and notarized copies.

Notarized copies (certified copies)

Required documents:

  • original signed or stamped document
  • 1 photocopy of each original document for the notary to keep
  • Any number of photocopies for you to get notarized and keep

Note: Photocopy service available at submission location

Submission location: People’s Committee of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Temporary residence card of 2 years (thể tạm trú)

Required documents:

  • Business visa paper from sponsoring organization, stamped and signed at Vietnam’s embassy or consulate in your own country
  • Forms NA6 (with sponsoring organization’s stamp) and NA8
  • Certified copy of organization’s business license
  • Original international passport
  • Certified copy of complete passport
  • Certified copy of work permit
  • Temporary residence confirmation from local police district (xác nhận tạm trú)
  • Color photos sized 2×3, taken on white background, without hat and without glasses
  • Dossier/portfolio cover (purchased at document submission location for 5,000+ VND)

Document submission location for Ho Chi Minh City: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (photo print service available)

Note: Documents must be submitted at immigration services in the province where the organization/employer is licensed, or the province stated on the work permit.

Permanent residence card (thể thường trú)

Required documents (instructions in Vietnamese): 

Note: Photo and printing services available at submission location

Document submission location: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ho Chi Minh City

Employment search

Staffing and employment services:

HR2B web site

Navigos web site

LinkedIn groups:

@Expat Jobs in Vietnam LinkedIn group

Vietnam Jobs LinkedIn group

Vietnam Jobs Network LinkedIn group

VinaHR LinkedIn group


Vietnamworks web site

Learning Vietnamese

Typing in Vietnamese: Download Unikey software.

About Jonathan Lankford

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Jonathan has provided education and training services to organizations and individuals in Vietnam since 2007.
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