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Bill on Residence

Updated: 15:00’ - 06/04/2006

The latest draft of the Bill on Residence has been recently submitted by the Government to the National Assembly Standing Committee for comment.

The Law on Residence will serve as a legal foundation for residence registration and management in the new period.

Once passed, the Law will replace all documents on management of residence of Vietnamese citizens and foreigners in Vietnam, which, according to drafters, are overlapping and even contradictory.

Although some propose that household status books (so ho khau) and people’s identity cards should be incorporated into a single register granted to citizens for use in travel and transactions, household status books are still provided for in the Bill as a tool for residence management. They will contain information on places of residence of individuals, which may be adjusted when these individuals change their places of residence. The procedures for registering permanent residence and grant of household status books would be also simplified under the Bill.

The drafters abolish conditions for registering permanent residence in towns and cities, saying that citizens should be allowed to register their permanent residence anywhere, provided that they have lawful places of residence where they have been residing continuously for more than one year.         

Under the Bill, the term “place of residence” is defined in a broader sense to be a specific place or a vehicle where an individual lives. As for “lawful place of residence,” it says that in case of unavailability of documents proving the lawfulness of a place of residence, such documents may be replaced with written certification of commune-level People’s Committees or managing agencies.

The Bill is expected to be passed by the National Assembly at its year-end session.-

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