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1/15/2021 | minor.mendoza@fragomen.com
  • By way of a new Decree, the Vietnamese government has clarified certain provisions of the new Labor Code, which will impact the issuance of Work Permits, Work Permit Exemption Certificates, Work Permit Extensions and Cancellations. The following changes, among others, will come into effect on February 15, 2021:
    • Experts and specialists applying for Work Permits will need to have at least five years’ work experience and meet other requirements if they do not have at least a bachelor’s degree and at least three years’ work experience in a field relevant to the job position;
    • Foreign nationals entering Vietnam for short-term assignments will not require a Work Permit if the assignment is less than 30 days per trip and does not exceed three times per year;
    • Spouses of Vietnamese nationals will no longer require either a Work Permit or Work Permit Exemption Certificate to work in Vietnam; and
    • Employers/host entities will need to report all foreign nationals who are exempt from work authorization to the government.
1/15/2021 | TChadotsang@Fragomen.com
  • CBP border restrictions permitting only essential travel across the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico land borders will be extended through February 21, 2021. The restrictions do not affect air travel.
  • Essential travel includes travel by U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and foreign nationals traveling to work in the United States, among others.  
  • Visa Waiver and other business travelers may face additional scrutiny at the border. 
  • “Non-essential travel” at land borders is not permitted, which includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
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