Electronic issuance of work permits for foreign workers in Vietnam


On 15 August 2017, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs issued Circular No. 23/2017/TT-BLDTBXH (“Circular No. 23”) on electronic issuances of work permits for foreign workers. Circular No. 23 came into effect on 2 October 2017.

Essentially, Circular No. 23 allows employers of foreign workers to apply for work permits directly to the government’s new electronic portal, http://dvc.vieclamvietnam.gov.vn (“Electronic portal”), in addition to hardcopy applications.

The Electronic portal allows employers to:

  • apply for approvals on requests to employ foreign workers;
  • apply for issuances and re-issuances of foreign worker work permits; and
  • obtain confirmation that a foreign worker is not subject to any work permit requirements.

The application timelines for the online issuances of foreign worker work permits are as follows:


If you have any questions or require any additional information, you may contact Trang Hoang or the ZICO Law partner you usually deal with.

This alert is for general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.