Foreign experts exchange ideas with Vietnamese workers at Ha Long shipyard. (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)
To be eligible for work permit in Vietnam, foreign experts will likely need to meet conditions of having a university decree and at least three years of experience in the major that matches his/her post in the Southeast Asian country.
The Vietnamese prime minister will decide on special cases, the Vietnamese government has said in a resolution after a regular cabinet meeting in December.
This is part of a draft government decree guiding the implementation of a law on foreign laborers in Vietnam.
A circular of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, which came into force in March 2014, requires that a foreign bachelor or engineer have at least five years of experience the field that he/she will work in Vietnam.
The government is also drafting a regulation that exempts work permits for foreign laborers who stay in Vietnam within 30 days, according to the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper.
The newspaper cited a National Assembly report in 2014 as saying that there were thousands of illegal foreign workers at construction sites across Vietnam, many of them were Chinese contractors.
The number of foreign workers in Vietnam has been on the rise, reaching 76,309 at the end of 2014, with 70% of them were experts. The figure is set to grow further when the Vietnam-involved free-trade agreements take effect.