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Procedures for Re-issuance Vietnamese Work Permit When It’s Lost Or Damaged

For various reasons, work permits can be lost or damaged. Do I have to pay an administrative penalty if I lose my work permit? and what is the procedure for re-issuance the work permit in this case?

Like other documents, foreigners will be re-issued when they lose their work permit. According to the provisions of Vietnamese law, administrative penalties are only applied to cases which foreign workers do not have the work permit or have the expired work permit.

1/ Cases of being re-granted Vietnamese work permit

Re-issuance of Vietnamese work permit in the following cases:

  • Having work permit but this valid work permit has been lost, damaged or the contents of the work permit have been changed.
  • The work permit is valid for at least 5 days but not more than 45 days.

2/ Documents for re-issuance of work permit in case of loss

For re-issuance when losing work permit, you need to prepare these below documents:

  • Request form for re-issuance work permit in accordance with the regulations of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs.
  • 1 photocopy or 1 certified copy of lost work permit
  • 02 color photos 4×6cm, white background, taken within 6 months.
  • Certificate of lost work permit by the commune or ward police or a foreign competent agency in accordance with the law.

3/ Procedure for re-issuance of a lost work permit in Vietnam

+ Within 03 days from the date the employee discovers that his/her work permit is lost or damaged, he/she must report it to the employer/enterprise.

+ Within 05 days from the date the employer/enterprise receives the foreign worker’s notification that the work permit is lost or damaged, the employer must submit the documents to the provincial Labor Administration where the work permit has been issued to obtain a new work permit.

+ Processing time for re-issuance Vietnamese work permit is 03 days from the date receipt of complete documents. If the documents are incomplete and invalid as required, the competent authority will not re-issue the work permit but will reply and clearly state the reason.

4/ Validity of Vietnamese work permit reissued due to loss

In case of re-issuance the lost work permit, the validity on the re-issued work permit will be equal to the validity of the issued work permit minus the time the foreign worker has worked up to the time of applying again the work permit.

Validity of Vietnamese work permit as prescribed is not more than 02 years.

With the information we provide, we hope it’s useful to customers who are learning about the procedure for re-issuing a Vietnamese lost work permit. If you need more clear advice on the service of making Vietnamese work permits, please contact us via email

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