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Moving a company from Malaysia to Vietnam and how to replicate it Dear Hadrien and Marijn, I’m an American who’s been living in Malaysia for 15 years now and I currently run a company where we design furniture and lighting. We also produce small consumer items which we sell online and ship from Malaysia to

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How to Become a Vietnamese Citizen

Dear Hadrien and Marijn, I am a Canadian citizen who has been living and working in Vietnam for the last six years. My Vietnamese girlfriend and I are thinking about getting married and staying in Vietnam permanently. Reading your columns every month, I understand that doing business in Vietnam and things like access to real

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What are your legal lease rights?

Dear Hadrien, In January, I agreed with my landlord to sign a one-month lease agreement (uncertain of my plans at that time) and that I could leave at any time if I gave him a week’s notice. Now that I actually want to move out of the apartment, the landlord is starting to cause trouble

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Starting a Business in Vietnam

Dear Hadrien, My Vietnamese girlfriend and I want to open a coffee shop here. We are very excited about the plan and really can’t wait to get started. However, I have little knowledge about the administrative procedures that we will need to go through. Can you give me some advice please? Congratulations on your startup

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What’s Your Liability in Case of an Accident?

Dear Hadrien, I’ve been living in HCMC for nearly four months now. Last week, I finally bought a motorbike to travel to work, but (and I am a bit ashamed to tell you, and please don’t tell my mum!) I have already been involved in a traffic accident. As I was only partially at fault,

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Dong or Dollars? The Law and Labour Contracts

Dear Hadrien, I have been offered a contract to work as a project manager in Ho Chi Minh City and I will earn a little over USD2,000 per month. However, I heard that in Vietnam all amounts in contracts should be stated in Vietnamese dong. Is that correct? And is my future employer allowed to

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Civil Liability in Vietnam: What’s Legal?

Dear Hadrien, Last week my 12-year-old son caused a small accident at his school. While playing football with the other kids in the schoolyard, he accidentally broke a window of one of the classrooms. Now the school is trying to claim USD450 from me and my husband as compensation for replacing the window. Are we

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Thinking of Transferring Savings from Vietnam?

Dear Hadrien, I am an American citizen living and working in Ho Chi Minh City. I want to know what I should do if the unthinkable happened to me… How can I create a will to ensure that if I die here, the savings that I have in my Vietnamese bank account will go to

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How to rent an apartment in Vietnam?

Dear Hadrien, I recently found a job in Ho Chi Minh City! That means that I can finally change my shabby hotel room for a nice place of my own. I heard, however, that it is very complicated for a foreigner to rent an apartment in Vietnam. Is that really true? You are right that land law is perhaps one of

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Looking to adopt a Vietnamese baby?

My wife and I are both French citizens and we would like to adopt a Vietnamese baby, however, as my name is not Brad Pitt and as I am unfortunately not married to Angelina Jolie, I expect that the process for us may be quite complicated. Could you please give us some information about the conditions that we must fulfill and

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