Hi all, I'm new to the forum. I'm from the US and am in the process of securing a job to work in Vietnam. I was hoping that someone can help me with a few questions that I had about getting over there. I would ask the company that is hiring me, but don't want to impact the negotiations that are going on right now. The job that I'm seeking is in the legal/financial services industry.
1. Visa / work permit -- will I be getting a Vietnamese employment visa first while I'm in the states and then a work permit after I'm on the ground in Vietnam? I currently have a 5-year tourist visa (90 day max each visit).
2. Criminal background check - i understand that I need to get a background check to get the work permit. Was doing my research and saw inconsistencies with the responses on what Vietnam requires -- FBI, state level (e.g., California), or local level (San Francisco). I think i have an arrest on my record that happened more than 15 years ago, so am worried that it might show up. It likely will only show up if they do a FBI background check since I think the FBI's record includes everything, even if the arrest/conviction was eventually thrown out of court, which was the case with mine. Has anybody ever gone through this and would be able help me understand the process better? Thoughts on whether it'll impact my ability to get a work permit? The offense was minor.
Any input would greatly be appreciated!!