Contents of Administrative procedures - Department of Justice
|Procedure||Applying for Vietnamese citizenship|
Step 1: An applicant fills in the Application Form for Vietnamese citizenship and submits dossier to the One Stop Shop Section of the Ha Noi Department of Justice.
|Where to submit||Where to lodge The applicant submits dossier directly to One Stop Shop Section - Ha Noi Department of Justice. Submission at One Stop Shop of the Ha Noi Department of Justice Address: 1B Tran Phu Street, Ha Dong, Ha Noi Telephone: 0433546151/ 0433546163|
|Contents and number of the dossier|| |
Three sets to be archived at the Offices of the State President, Ministry of Justice and the local Department of Justice
|Processing duration||The procedures will be fulfilled in 145 working days after receiving the set of appropriate and valid dossiers according to the law. 1. Timeline for the Department of Justice to send request on verifying personal of the applicant: 05 working days after receiving the set of valid dossiers 2. Timeline for police to verify and give results of verification: 30 working days since receiving the written request 3. Timeline for the Department of Justice to complete dossiers to submit to the Municipal People’s Committee for consideration: 10 working days since receiving results of verification 4. Timeline for the Municipal People’s Committee to consider, decide and propose their opinions to Ministry of Justice: 10 working days since receiving dossier of the Department of Justice 5. Timeline for Ministry of Justice to consider, check and inform the applicant of fulfilling procedures to renounce his/her foreign citizenship (unless the applicant wishes to keep foreign citizenship/ or has no citizenship): 20 working days since receiving proposal of the Municipal People’s Committee 6. Timeline for Ministry of Justice to report to the Prime Minister (PM) and submit to the State President for consideration and decision: 10 working days since receiving Paper of renunciation of citizenship 7. Timeline for the State President to consider and decide: 30 working days since the PM proposes 8. Timeline for Ministry of Justice to release the result: 10 working days since decision of the State President|
|Objects||- Foreign citizen who resides permanently in Ha Noi and receives Permanent Residence Card issued by the Ha Noi Police Department (foreign citizen has resided in Viet Nam in 5 years or more since the day of issuance of Permanent Residence Card); - Person without citizenship, who resides permanently in Ha Noi and receives Permanent Residence Card issued by the Ha Noi Police Department.|
|Competent agency||Department of Justice|
|Outcome||- State President’s Decision on approving naturalization of Vietnamese citizenship; - In case Ministry of Justice is of opinion that the applicant is unqualified for submission to the State President or fails to get approval from the State President, Ministry of Justice will send document to the Municipal People’s Committee to keep the applicant informed of the result.|
|Fee||VND 3,000,000 Free of charge in following cases: - Applicant having special contribution to the construction and national defense of Viet Nam, including people who were involved in the revolutionary activities before the August General Uprising in 1945; the revolutionary people who apply for naturalization of Vietnamese citizenship, or other people whose naturalization of Vietnamese citizenship will benefit the State of Viet Nam; - Applicant having difficult economic conditions according to poverty line stipulated by the Prime Minister and other documents guiding implementation; - Applicant being Laotians migrating to Viet Nam, who were allowed to reside in Viet Nam before January 1, 2009 according to Prime Minister Decision 206/QD-TTg; - Applicant being Cambodian and escaped from genocide from 1978 to 1983, who have has no papers as proof for their his original citizenship and registered in refugee camps in Viet Nam sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.|
|Other requirements||1. Requirement and conditions to be granted Vietnamese citizenship: Applicant being foreign citizen and people without citizenship, who is residing in Ha Noi and has Permanent Residence Card issued by the Ha Noi Police Department, can be granted Vietnamese citizenship in following cases: 1.1 Having full capacity for civil acts according to the Vietnamese laws; 1.2 Abiding by the Vietnamese constitutions and laws, and respecting Vietnamese tradition and customs; 1.3 Being qualified to communicate in Vietnamese language to integrate himself/herself into Vietnamese community; 1.4 Having resided in Viet Nam for at least 5 years by the time of application for Vietnamese citizenship/ having resided in Viet Nam for at least 5 years since the date the applicant was granted Permanent Residence Card; 1.5 Having ability to make a living in Viet Nam; 1.6 Applicant for Vietnamese citizenship must renounce his/ her foreign citizenship; 1.7 Applicant for Vietnamese citizenship must have a name in Vietnamese, which is chosen by him/ her and written in the Decision on approving naturalization of Vietnamese citizenship. 1.8 Application for Vietnamese citizenship will be rejected, if it is harmful to the interest of the State of Viet Nam. 2. For following cases, requirements in 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 is exempted; it is required to note clearly in 1.4 “Residence Card is required, but it is exempted for the perid of five years or more (Article 7, Resolution 78/2009): 2.1 Applicant being wife/ husband/ natural mother/ father/ child of Vietnamese citizen; 2.2. Applicant having special contribution to the construction and national defense of Viet Nam; 2.3 Naturalization benefiting the State of Viet Nam. 3. Requirements and conditions in 1.6 will be ruled out in the following cases: 3.1 Applicant being wife/ husband/ natural mother/ natural father/ natural child of Vietnamese citizen; 3.2. Applicant having special contribution to construction and national defense of Viet Nam; 3.3 Naturalization having benefit to Viet Nam. Requirements will be exempted in special cases with permission of the State President; in this case, it is required to note clearly: 1. Criminal record is in no excess of 90 days before the date of receiving dossier; 2. Papers issued by foreign competent authorities must be consolably legalized; papers in foreign language must be translated into Vietnamese and notarized according to the Vietnamese law.|
|Legal basis|| |
- The Vietnamese Law on Citizenship in 2008;
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