Criminal record certificate (also called criminal record card/ judicial record certificate/ police check/ police certificate/ police clearance certificate) is issued by a competent state agency to provide judicial information about a person in Vietnam.
Generally, there are two circumstances which foreigners need to criminal record certificate as below:
1. Foreigners who are working in Vietnam are highly recommended to apply the criminal record certificate (also called criminal record card/ judicial record certificate/ police check/ police certificate/ police clearance certificate) before living the country because they might need it in the future for job application, immigration purposes, or marriage. If foreigners left the country, they could still apply for criminal record certificate in Vietnam however the process will be longer and more complex.
2. In order to be granted the work permit for foreigner working in Vietnam, the foreigner must fully meet the required document and Criminal Record Certificate is one of them. Therefore, you cannot get a work permit in Vietnam if you don’t have a criminal record certificate.
Foreigner who wishing to apply for Criminal Record Certificate to obtain work permit in Vietnam is divided 2 cases:
- The first case, foreigner who is living outside Vietnam territory or residing in Vietnam less than 06 months has to apply for Criminal Record certificate in her/his country of origin. In each country, the laws are different and thus the regulation of applying Criminal Record Certificate is also different.
Note: In this case, the Criminal Record Certificate must be translated, legalized and notarized in accordance with the law of Vietnam before applying for work permit in Vietnam.
- The second case, foreigner who has been residing in Vietnam at least 06 months can apply for Criminal Record Certificate in Vietnam. In this case, the foreigner will apply Criminal Record Certificate at Justice Department of the province or city where he/she has been residing.
Note: The Criminal Record Certificate is only valid for the time that foreigner has been resided in Vietnam.
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