City to investigate foreign workers’ status

Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs will work with the police to investigate the legal status of foreign workers in the city, the department said May 16.

The city’s municipal government has instructed the department to form two inspection teams. They will check the recruitment and management of foreign workers in major projects and foreign representative offices in the city.

The inspection will review the number of authorized and unauthorized foreign staff working in the city, how long they have worked in Vietnam, their educational background and immigration status.

The inspection teams have been given the power to punish offending firms.

There are more than 3,000 foreign representative offices operating in the city but only 157 foreigners have registered for a work permit.

Source: Tuoi Tre – Translated by Moc Lan

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