~$500 for work permit and residency card: fair or no?


I'm considering teaching with a firm that's offering to take me on and assume some responsibility for my work permit and residency card. They want $10.6 m VND ($478) to take care of both.

I'm reading online that the fees for the work permit and residency card are a little less than half of what my prospective firm is offering.

Is this a fair price? I have no experience with this process, and have no idea how difficult it would be to obtain these permits on my own.


Of course you will have to do the physical yourself but how much is your time worth?  In my case I went downtown not once but twice to find a critical office closed due to street repairs.  The permit represents at least two days of running around time and that is if everything goes OK and if you have a Vietnamese speaking person assisting you.  Getting all the documents properly translated and certified is the problem.  A net 5 million is probably fair.  In the US that would buy not even one hour of lawyer time.

By rights the school should pay as the permit is not only yours to work but also a permit for them to hire you.  Perhaps they are hedging against your leaving before too long.  Maybe you could negotiate with them to return the fee to you if you work a given period such as one year.

If they do the translation of your pertinent papers, then maybe its quite good. As far as my experience, its a bit lesser than. Again, its on my part.

for me

cho ray hospital  1.577 mill , wait 5 days - takes 2 hours

uk consulate - need 2 book 3 weeks ahead,takes 30 minutes

MOFA ( govt rip-oFF SCAM/ NEW)  650K

WEEKS OUTSIDE VN, pointless time wasted - endless

sorry, keyboard is screwed .

2.4 million 2 get CRC, BA and CElta done in brit  consulate

Im now just waiting for the part where the guv says

" sooooooew, now u r a full time worker, and the corrupt immigration police r threatening any1 who works at another centre. Nooooow, that u paid for everything, perhaps we could talk about a monthly contract...?" ie i pay u less. hahh


I think THIG is on the money with the relativity:

"A net 5 million is probably fair.  In the US that would buy not even one hour of lawyer time."

..but then, it's also your own attitude and how YOU process the dynamics.
As Gandhi said: 'if you want to change the world, begin with your self'

Being devious, I don't even bother.   (or am I just good at skinning cats..?)
(Again, mostly)'s too cheap to raise a sweat about it.

So at the end of the day, it's your choice.   Works for me.       :happy:

I doubt very much you will get it for 5 million, I paid 7 million 7 years ago, then it was a 3 year residence card. At 500usd it's not so bad, you will get a residence card for two years, that's just 250usd a year which is damn cheap.

If you hunt around you can find it cheaper, but at the end of the day you may waste a week or two looking for a cheap price when you could be working.

I've shelled out about 3k USD over the past 2.5 years in visa fees alone, so I think it's a bargain.

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