The following Immigration Update, dated 23 October 2015, is supplied by AusCham Member, Santa Fe Relocation Services.

Update on Vietnamese Non-Criminal Background Check Requirements for Employment

According to a guide on the government’s decree no. 102/20113/ND-CP* written certification that a foreign worker is not a criminal or liable of criminal prosecution is required for employment. The key updates made by this decree are as follows:

  • Where foreigners have resided in Vietnam, they must obtain a Non-Criminal Background check both from Vietnam AND from their last place of residence.
  • In practice, DOLISA in Ho Chi Minh CIty has required the Vietnamese Non-Criminal Background Check if the foreigner has lived in Vietnam for 6+ months.
  • Effective immediately, Vietnamese Non-Criminal Background Checks are required if the Work Permit applicant has ever visited Vietnam in the past or is currently in Vietnam, regardless of the purpose or length of time spent in the country. (Consideration may be given to those who have travelled to Vietnam for leisure and possibly waive the requirements for those applicants.  This will be done at the discretion of the Immigration Department).
  • While this requirement is already in practice in other cities and provinces in Vietnam, it is newly applicable at DOLISA in Ho Chi Minh City.

Santa Fe Vietnam is able to assist foreigners with obtaining their Vietnamese Non-Criminal Background Check whether they are currently in country or if they have lived here in the past (provided they meet requirements). Santa Fe can also assist with obtaining non-criminal background checks from other countries and arrange to have them legalized.

Please contact us for further information:

Thao Dong
Visa & Immigration Consulting Services Manager
Santa Fe Relocation Services Vietnam
Tel: (84-8) 3933 0065 Ext. 842

Anh Vo
General Manager
Santa Fe Relocation Services Vietnam
Tel: (84-8) 3933 0065


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* Decree No. 102/20113/ND-CPdetails the implementation of a number of articles of the Labour Code on Foreign Labourers working in Vietnam.