Anyone can move to Vietnam. Please note that individual factors may affect your ability to do so; like: criminal history, previous visa rejection, over staying a visa, insufficient funds etc. I am unaware of all the factors that may affect you personally but just ‘google’ and I’m sure you can find out more information. I want to talk about ‘in general’.
In general, there are 2 main ways to move to Vietnam. Obtaining a job prior to entry and secondly seeking residency from within. The first way I believe is better. Here is what that entails.
There are so many jobs advertised on the internet and using social media, such as Facebook, can help you to obtain a job prior.
There is a huge market for ‘English Teachers’ in Vietnam. Those who hold a bachelors degree, in any field and a teaching certificate like TELF, will be prioritised. I addition you need to be fluent in English. I regret to say that certain passports are favoured by schools. UK/USA/Canada/Australia etc These again are prioritised. It doesn’t mean if you don’t have, don’t try.
If you have all 3 of these (degree, teaching cert & desired passport) you are GOLDEN. Head to facebook and check out some of these:
You can casually browse to find where you want to go – follow the job. Or decide on a city and search more specially like the 3rd link. Which is for jobs in Ho Chi Minh.
So, what happens if you don’t have a bachelors or any degree?
Well, some schools maybe able to find a way. You could also look into another field like hospitality. Hotels often look to employ people who are multi-lingual. There are opportunities for accountants, engineers… More information about employment in future posts.
Getting back on track. Applying prior. Doesn’t matter who you are, you can look and discuss with potential employers. If all goes well, they offer you a job. Why did I previously say this way is better? Well, once you have accepted a job, the employer will look after you. Help you with a visa, possibly even pick you up at the airport, arrange accommodation, set up bank account and so on. This is deemed the ‘legal’ way to live and work in Vietnam. The employer sponsors you. They change your work visa into a residency permit.
The second way, is probably the most popular way but sits in the ‘gray’ area. This is when people go on either a tourist or working visa and work illegally in hope to change their visa into a resident permit.
Is it illegal? Technically “yes”. The intent of seeking employment whilst on one of these visa is against the purpose of that visa. Tourist visa is for purely that; seeing what Vietnam has to offer, in all its glory. Business, is where you are working but money is paid to your home country where you pay tax. Yet, many decide this to do it this way.
Vietnam is fairly relaxed (from my point of view) in people entering in this manner. Many companies don’t have the means to sponsor an expat and will happily allow make a deal. But they won’t provide the same comforts and security as a legitimate employment.
Why do it this way? Firstly, many don’t intend on doing it. They go for a vacation and simply fall in love with Vietnam and don’t wish to leave. Obtaining a legal job requires you to leave and re-enter under their sponsorship. That flight out will most likely be at your expense.
Secondly, you don’t quite meet that ‘GOLDEN’ status I spoke about earlier.
Alright guys and gals, I think that is enough rambling from myself for one blog. Don’t forget to follow this blog to find out more.
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