I’m 9 months inkhổng lồ my second stay in Vietphái nam using the Vietnamese working holiday scheme for New Zeal& citizens. Here are my thoughts about it, và what it is useful for. Hopefully this is helpful for New Zealanders (& Australians) considering coming to lớn Vietphái mạnh on this scheme.

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Tidbits – some random tidbits of information about this schemeTips for applying for the Working Holiday Scheme Which visa you actually get – This has some background on the types of visas & permits in Vietphái nam, & which ones you get with the working holiday schemeEmployment on the Vietnamese working holiday schemeConclusion – who is the Vietnamese working holiday scheme really for?

Tidbits about the Vietnamese working holiday scheme

No body toàn thân knows about it

It is very rare to meet someone who knows that Vietnam giới has a working holiday scheme where Australians & New Zealanders can some và live sầu và work in Vietphái mạnh for a year.

This includes embassy & consular staff, employers, & the general public in Vietnam, New Zealand, and (I assume) in Australia too!

This is tricky, especially when it comes khổng lồ employment in Vietphái nam. Of the two schools that I worked for, neither knew what to lớn vị with the Working Holiday Work Permit. More on that below…

You maybe able to lớn use the visa more than once

I have used the Vietnamese working holiday scheme twice, & there are a few schemes (but not many that allow this). I suspect it is due khổng lồ under-utilisation, & at the discretion of the the embassy/immigration staff.

Sadly, besides UK, USA và Canada, most of the 40-odd working holiday schemes that NZ has signed with other countries are under-utilised.

Most of the schemes have a requirement that a person can only obtain a visa through the working holiday scheme for a particular country once.

Age limit is at the discretion of the Embassy

Similar khổng lồ above the. I was 32 years old when applying for the second time. I think this is at the discretion of the the embassy/immigration staff.

Tips for applying for the Working Holiday Scheme

Here are a couple of thoughts on the actual working holiday scheme application, when applying with the Vietnamese Embassy in Vietphái nam.

I felt that submitting my application in person at the embassy in Wellington was helpful.So far myself & one other person have sầu applied & got a visa with the working holiday scheme. When I applied for the first time, I was told the scheme didn’t exist. I went bachồng lớn my office and printed off the whole agreement, & took it bachồng khổng lồ the Vietnamese embassy, then they agreed to lớn try.When I was applying for the second time I was told that the embassy only issued short term tourist visas for foreigners. I told her re-check because I had done it before. So you may get some push baông xã.I was never able lớn Điện thoại tư vấn the embassy, but found they did respond to emails.I also found that consular & immigration workers sometimes communicated with me their personal emails or phone numbers. I thought this was really unprofessional. But after living in Vietnam giới a while, I’ve found this is kind of normal, even at banks! Because of this I got the impression that relationships matter more than processes (Kind of the opposite of NZ). Which takes me bachồng to the first point. Applying in person was useful.

The embassy gave me the option of having the visa issued inkhổng lồ my passport in Wellington, or on arrival at Tân Sơn Nhất airport. I decided on getting it in my passport in Wellington, to avoid having any issues on arrival. However this meant that I lost a couple of weeks time off the visa, as I still had a few weeks before my flight.

The Vietnam giới immigration also gives the option of having the Working Holiday Work Permit booklet issued in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. I chose Ho Chi Minc City, as I already knew that was were I was planning on being.

Which visa you actually get..

Working holiday schemes come in many different flavours. After using 16 working holiday schemes, I’ve sầu experienced a lot of variation!

There are some really well run schemes (e.g. NZ, Japan, UK, AU etc) which have a dedicated visa type for people arriving on the working holiday schemes.

And there are other countries who fit the working holiday schemes inkhổng lồ their existing line up of visas and permits. These countries will often issue a standard business or work visa for a working holiday scheme applicant. Vietphái mạnh is kind of one of these countries.

Vietnamese visa & work permit

For a successful applicant of the Vietnamese working holiday scheme, they will get an long stay (LĐ) visa valid for 1 year, & a Working Holiday Permit booklet.

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Vietnamese LĐ visa
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Vietnamese Working Holiday Permit

The LĐ visa is a comtháng long stay visa in Vietnam, & gives the holder the right to enter, exit & reside in Vietnam with the ability to work.

The pink Working Holiday Permit booklet is theoretically meant to give you the ability lớn work with any employer for up khổng lồ 3 months. There is a page that each employer is meant lớn fill out. However when I have shown this lớn employers, they had no idea what khổng lồ vì with it, and just gave sầu it bachồng khổng lồ me. I’ve sầu had the same experience trying khổng lồ use it as proof of my eligibility to lớn work with banks. It is essentially useless.

For that reason, the Vietnamese working holiday scheme falls into lớn some grey area in the employment environment in Vietnam. I’ll go into more info about the employment environment for foreigners below, but first here’s a quichồng overview of the different visas và documents that allow foreigners khổng lồ live and work, and how the Vietnamese working holiday scheme fits compares.

Important documents in Vietnam

For context here are some of the best documents for living & working in Vietnam. From Best khổng lồ Worst: