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(Last Updated On: November 2, 2021)


The foreign representative office in Vietnam is a dependent unit supporting business operations of the parent company, which is allowed to do basic business activities such as open a resident office, recruit employees, manage and promote local business contracts, market research., etc. Representative Offices tend to be utilized by foreign investors in fields such as sourcing of products, quality control, and general liaison activities between the Head Office and the Representative Offices overseas. Some reasons that representative office is a preferred  option when doing business in Vietnam:

  • No investment capital required.
  • No Value Added Tax, no Corporate Income Tax, no Accounting, no Financial statements, no independent audit required.
  • Easy to extend, terminate or dissolve when necessary.
  • Allowed to recruit local and foreign employees.
  • Based on new Labor law in Vietnam, there are no limit in number of foreign employees for representative office. In case the office can prove its demand fair with commercial operations, the office entitle to determine the demand for foreign workers for every job position for which Vietnamese workers are underqualified and request for acceptance from the local competent state agencies for work permits.

Despite of the advantages, representative offices are not allowed for actual “business” such as sales and profitabe activities and has to strictly complied with the local regulations and procedures. In fact, many representative offices have been paying for expensive lessons due to un intentional violations.


  1. The foreign investor is incorporated and registers for doing business in accordance with provisions of laws of countries or territories being parties to treaties to which Vietnam is a signatory or is recognized by the aforesaid countries or territories.
  2. The foreign investor has come into operation for at least 01 year from the date of establishment or registration.
  3. The Certificate of Business Registration or the equivalent document is valid for at least 01 more year from the date of submission of the application.
  4. The scope of operation of the representative office is consistent with that in Vietnam’s Commitments to treaties to which Vietnam is a signatory. Where the scope of operation of the representative office is inconsistent with Vietnam’s Commitments or the foreign investor is not located in the country or territory being party to treaties to which Vietnam is a signatory, the representative office can be established only if relevant Ministers, Heads of ministerial agencies have given approval for establishment of the representative office.
Subsidiary or 100% foreign invested company - what are the advantages ?

Subsidiary or 100% foreign invested company – what are the advantages ?


Who we are?

  • VIVA is a business consulting company, specializes in business compliance procedures according to local business laws and regulations since 2006. VIVA has been continuously trusted by thousands of well-known clients since 2006.
  • The insights and consistent backgrounds in Business Laws – Accounting and Corporate Finance – Tax Management – Labor Relations and Payroll – Secretarial services help us build trust and confidence in the entrepreneurs’ community.
  • We have been successfully providing service for thousands of leading companies from Hong Kong, Japan, US, EU, Singapore, India, China, Korea…. in forms of FDI companies, Foreign representative offices, Foreigner working in Vietnam, Vietnamese SMEs, Chief Operation Officers.

Business Consulting Services

  • Services for Expats in Vietnam: Visa, Work Permit, Temporary residence card, Compulsory Insurances, Personal Income tax, Labor contracts, Employment Records and Relations, Other Secretarial Services.
  • Services for Representative in Vietnam: Establishment, extension of representative office licenses. Required compliance procedures during operation. Rights and obligations of the chief of representative office. Closure of representative office risks management.
  • Services for a company in Vietnam: Setting up a new company and licensing service. Business records management. Daily business transactions management. Tax management. Accounting and financial statements. Employments, payroll and compulsory insurances. Representative on behalf at competent state agencies for any business administration procedures.

A partner who has comprehensive expertise and expience in local business laws and regulations can help the investors short cut entry procedures, avoid and prevent most of legal risks, creat business advantages and keep their good standing.

Motivated by our core values of ceaseless improvement, our great insights in local business culture and regulations, as well as the exclusive services, promise to offer you one-stop and tailored-made solutions that optimize every of your business in Vietnam in the lawful manner.

We are looking to be your valued business partner and resources in Vietnam as we have been choosing since 2006.

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