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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My company wants to demote me!

I have been working for a Vietnamese company for about a year under a labor contract with a two-year term. Last week, my boss told me that the company is in financial trouble and that they cannot afford paying me my full salary any longer. Now he wants to assign me a different kind of work within the same company for

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