During a meeting organised this week, the National Assembly Standing Committee discussed a draft Law on exit, entry and residency of foreigners in Viet Nam.
The draft law proposes that foreigners entering Viet Nam to work be required to have a work permit upon their arrival in the country, except for special cases allowed by the Government.
It is meant to replace the existing Ordinance on exit, entry and residency of foreigners, which allows them to change their entry purposes after entering Viet Nam.
As a result, a large number of foreigners have actually entered Viet Nam as tourists and then change their registered purposes in order to reside and work in the country. Some have even reportedly been involved in illegal labour activities or crimes.
The draft Law is intended to prevent foreigners from working against their entry purposes and affecting the country's security and social order.
What do you think of the draft Law? Are you for or against it? Do you think that this regulation would be enforceable, if made effective?
Do you think foreigners would be discouraged to work in Viet Nam because of the regulation? How would it affect foreign workforce in Viet Nam and employers with high demands for foreign workers?
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