Consolidated TPP Text – Viet Nam’s Schedule of Commitments for Temporary Entry for Business Persons

The following sets out Viet Nam’s commitments in accordance with Article 12.4 (Grant of Temporary Entry) in respect of the temporary entry of business persons.

A. Service Sales Persons

Viet Nam extends its commitments under this category to all Parties that have made commitments under the headings of:

Description of Category

Definition:

Service Sales Persons are those who are not based in the territory of Viet Nam and receiving no remuneration from a source located within Viet Nam, and who are engaged in activities related to representing a service provider of another Party for the purpose of negotiating for the sale of the services of that provider where:

Conditions and Limitations (including length of stay)

The entry of these sales persons is limited to a period of six months.

B. Intra-Corporate Transferees

1. Viet Nam extends its commitments under this category to all Parties that have made commitments under the heading of:

2. Viet Nam shall grant temporary entry to Intra-Corporate Transferees, as defined below, working in services sectors and sub-sectors if Viet Nam undertook commitments in the WTO (WT/ACC/VNM/48/Add.2) without requiring these business persons to obtain a work permit or an equivalent requirement as a condition of temporary entry.

3. Viet Nam may, upon application, grant the right of temporary entry to the accompanying spouse or dependents of an Intra-Corporate Transferee of another Party.

4. Upon application, Intra-Corporate Transferees and, if relevant, their spouses and dependents may be issued with temporary residence cards, or equivalent multiple entry rights.

Description of Category

Definition:

Intra-Corporate Transferees comprise managers, executives and specialists of an enterprise of another Party, which has established a commercial presence in the territory of Viet Nam, temporarily moving as Intra-Corporate Transferees to that commercial presence, and those who have been previously employed by the enterprise for at least one year. For more clarity,

Conditions and Limitations (including length of stay)

These persons shall be granted entry for an initial period of three years which may be extended subject to the term of operation of those entities in Viet Nam.

For any commercial presence established in the territory of Viet Nam by an enterprise of another Party, at least 20 per cent of the total number of managers, executives and specialists shall be Vietnamese nationals. However, a minimum of three non-Vietnamese managers, executives and specialists shall be permitted.

The entry of spouses and dependents of Intra-Corporate Transferees shall be the same as the entry of the Intra-Corporate Transferees.

C. Persons Responsible for Setting up a Commercial Presence

1. Viet Nam extends its commitments under this category to all Parties that have made commitments under the headings of:

2. Viet Nam may, upon application, grant the right of entry to the accompanying spouse or dependents of a Person responsible for Setting up a Commercial Presence of another Party.

3. Upon application, Persons responsible for Setting up a Commercial Presence and, if relevant, their spouses and dependents may be issued with temporary residence cards, or equivalent multiple entry rights.

Description of Category

Definition:

Persons Responsible for Setting up a Commercial Presence are managers and executives (as defined in B above) within a juridical person, who are responsible for the setting up, in Viet Nam, of a commercial presence of a service provider of another Party when:

Conditions and Limitations (including length of stay)

The entry of these persons is limited to a period of one year.

The entry of spouses and dependents of Persons Responsible for Setting up a Commercial Presence shall be the same as the Persons Responsible for Setting up a Commercial Presence concerned.

D. Other Personnel

Viet Nam extends its commitments under this category to all Parties that have made commitments under the headings of:

Description of Category

Definition:

Other Personnel comprise managers, executives and specialists, as defined in B who cannot be substituted by Vietnamese and who are employed outside Viet Nam’s territory by an enterprise of another Party which has established a commercial presence in the territory of Viet Nam with a view to participating in the foreign enterprise’s activities in Viet Nam.

Conditions and Limitations (including length of stay)

These persons shall be granted entry in conformity with the term of the concerned employment contract or for an initial period of three years whichever is shorter, which may be extended subject to the employment contract between them and the commercial presence.

E. Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS)

1. Viet Nam extends its commitments under this category to all Parties that have made commitments under the headings of:

2. Viet Nam may, upon application, grant the right of temporary entry to the accompanying spouse or dependents of a Contractual Service Supplier of another Party.

3. Upon application, Contractual Service Suppliers and, if relevant, their spouses and dependents may be issued with temporary residence cards, or equivalent multiple entry rights.

Description of Category

Definition:

Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS) are business persons who are employees of an enterprise of another Party having no commercial presence in Viet Nam and having obtained a service contract from a Vietnamese enterprise engaged in business operation in Viet Nam. The competent authority of Viet Nam must be able to establish the necessary procedures to guarantee the bona fide character of the contract.

Contractual Service Suppliers must possess either: (a) a university degree or a technical qualification document demonstrating knowledge of an equivalent level; (b) professional qualifications where this is required to exercise an activity in the sector concerned pursuant to the laws and regulations of Viet Nam; or (c) at least five years of professional experience in the sector.

Contractual Service Suppliers should have been employed by the foreign enterprise having no commercial presence in Viet Nam for a period of no less than two years and have met the requirements prescribed for Specialists above.

The entry of Contractual Service Suppliers is allowed for the following sectors:

Conditions and Limitations (including length of stay)

Contractual Service Suppliers may enter Viet Nam for a period of six months or for the duration of the contract, whichever is shorter. Extensions may be possible.

The number of Contractual Service Suppliers covered by the service contract shall not be larger than necessary to fulfil the contract, as it may be decided by the laws and regulations and requirement of Viet Nam.

The entry of spouses and dependents of Contractual Service Suppliers shall be the same as Contractual Service Suppliers concerned.

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