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Shortcomings force lawmakers to alter residency terms for foreigners

Update: September, 11/2013 - 08:40
Foreigners entering Viet Nam to work will be required to have a work licence in accordance with the draft Law on exit, entry and residency.— Photo danviet

HA NOI (VNS)— Foreigners entering Viet Nam to work will be required to have a work licence in accordance with the draft Law on exit, entry and residency.

This was revealed during the second working day of the National Assembly Standing Committee's 21st session yesterday. The new regulation was developed from Viet Nam's Ordinance on exit, entry and residency for foreigners, which revealed shortcomings after 13 years of implementation, said Deputy Minister of Public Security Bui Van Nam.

Under the ordinance, foreigners are allowed to change their entry purposes after entering the country.

The ordinance, however, has been used by many foreigners who enter the country as tourists but then change their registered purposes, particularly to stay in the country to work, he said.

Nevertheless, Nam said, some special cases would be allowed to change their entry purposes as regulated by the Government.

Under the draft law, foreigners entering and residing in Viet Nam must be invited and guaranteed by organisations, agencies or individuals in Viet Nam in order to get a visa, excepting those benefiting from the visa exemption policy.

The new regulation was aimed at ensuring the responsibilities of related organisations, agencies and individuals in managing the activities of foreigners in Viet Nam to prevent those working against their entry purposes, affecting national security and social order, Nam said.

The draft law also stipulated that foreigners in Viet Nam are allowed to use a single passport or legal passport substitute document in order to facilitate the handling of arising problems.

Most of the members of the NA Standing Committee agreed with the draft laws but proposed the compiling board to have clearer and more specific regulations on conditions and procedures for foreigners to reside in Viet Nam.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the compiling board should particularly pay attention to simplifying administrative procedures to facilitate entry, exit and residency activities of foreigners in Viet Nam.

More than 40.7 million foreigners entered Viet Nam by the end of 2012 and since the Ordinance was put into effective in 2000, including around 21.5 million tourists.

Marriage and Family Law

Later the same day, lawmakers discussed draft amendments to the Law on Marriage and Family, focusing on issues of age at marriage, same sex marriage and surrogate pregnancy.

Many deputies agreed with the draft amendments to maintain the current age of marriage of 18 for women and 20 for men, which they said has been implemented for a long time and met the both body development and spirit conditions of Vietnamese people.

Relating to marriage between the same sex, most of them agreed that further studies and a specific road map needed to be made before accepting same sex marriage.

Concerning surrogate pregnancy, many deputies supported the draft regulation for humanitarian purposes.

However, they said strict and specific regulations should be made to prevent the abuse of surrogate pregnancy for commercial purposes. — VNS

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