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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Rights and obligations of expellees clarified

Updated: 09:30’ - 25/10/2021
Foreigners subject to expulsion would be notified of reasons for expulsion and receive expulsion decisions at least 48 hours before such decision are executed.

This is one of rights of expellees provided in a draft decree on expulsion, temporary custody, and escorted transfer of violators according to administrative procedures, and management of foreign violators pending the completion of expulsion procedures.

Nguyen William Anh, a US national, is expelled from Vietnam for causing public disorder__Photo:


Under the draft, prepared by the Ministry of Public Security, an expellee could contact the diplomatic mission or consular office of the country of which he is a citizen to seek the latter’s protection and assistance. He also could bring along his lawful property when leaving Vietnam and lodge complaints and denunciations in accordance with law.

Pending the completion of expulsion procedures, expellees would be provided with accommodation, food, clothing, and medical examination and treatment.

Regarding obligations of expellees, the draft says that they would have to fully comply with expulsion decisions and Vietnam’s law, produce their personal identification papers at the request of immigration offices, submit to the management by public security offices pending the completion of expulsion procedures. They would have to quickly fulfill all civil, administrative and financial obligations and complete all necessary procedures for leaving Vietnam.

In case there is a ground to believe that an expellee may abscond or hinder the execution of the expulsion decision, a public security office would decide to apply management measures. Specifically, the expellee would be restricted from travelling, have his passport or passport substitute retained or be required to stay at an accommodation facility managed by the public security force.

Noteworthily, the draft underlines that custody houses for criminal offenders, temporary detention camps and prisons may not be used as accommodation facilities for foreign violators pending the completion of expulsion procedures.- (VLLF)


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