Was looking for info on how visas/temporary resident cards (TRCs) work when you resign from a company as a foreigner. Found a helpful thread (http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=308666) but it's 3 years old and I'd like to confirm what I've found out:
1. If you're on a TRC which has your ex-employer's name on it, it has to be cancelled when you terminate your work contract (along with your work permit).
2. If you don't surrender your TRC and work permit to the ex-employer's upon terminating your work contract, they'll report you to the cops.
3. If you surrender your TRC to your ex-employer, you're basically an illegal as you entered Vietnam without a visa and now you have no travel documents, and will probably have trouble getting out of Vietnam too.
- I've been advised by a lawyer that by law, the TRC is an independent document from the work permit, i.e. the ex-employer can terminate the work permit but the TRC is still valid. I'm not sure that's the right advice.
- I've been advised that the ex-employer must provide the resignee a new visa to exit the country within a reasonable time period. How does this work?
- If you've accepted an offer at another company and even if you gave sufficient notice to your ex-employer, it's not enough time to get a new TRC issued based on a new work permit with your new employers.
Does anyone know for sure?