The procedures and regulations required to obtain a work permit in Vietnam contain so many unreasonable requirements that even the world renowned business magnate would not be able to obtain one, said attendees at an economic forum.
Fred Burke of the firm Baker & McKenzie told the Mid-term Vietnam Business Forum 2014 in Hanoi that one of his foreign employees has failed to get a work permit in Ho Chi Minh City, in spite of his three years of experience and an education from a top U.S. university.
As per the current regulation, foreign laborers are only granted a work permit if they have at least five years of work experience and four years of university education; so even Bill Gates would not be qualified to work in Vietnam, he said.
Burke and many other attendees suggested that a worker should only meet one of these two requirements to be eligible to obtain a permit.
Another foreign businessman, Colin Blackwell, said a South Korean engineer whose role is crucial in the project could fail to get a work permit in Vietnam, simply because he has less than five years of experience.
The work permit applications of many foreign experts have been rejected by the Vietnamese side for the same reason, Blackwell said.