HA NOI — A decision by Da Nang City authorities to halt permanent residence registrations was being reviewed by the Ministry of Justice, said Le Hong Son, head of the Department of Examination of Legal Normative Documents yesterday.
He said the city's decision to halt the issuance of permanent residence status to people without permanent shelters and who were unemployed, or those with a record of previous convictions or offences, was not suitable with the Law on Residence.
Nguyen Khoa of the Hai Phong Lawyers Association said that under the law, residents with either permanent or temporary legal accommodation and temporary residence in the city for at least one-year were legally eligible to register for permanent residence.
No provisions in the law defined "temporarily halting issuance of permanent residence" for residents who met the conditions mentioned above, he said. In addition, people who had committed offences in the past but were not under legal surveillance were still eligible for permanent residence.
Nguyen Ba Son, head of Da Nang's Department of Justice said this decision served as a temporary solution to overpopulation in the city's inner districts while the city was waiting for guidance from higher-level officers. During the wait period, the city would continue to issue temporary residence status to migrants in inner districts and permanent residence in outskirt districts.
He said the city would obey the ministry's guidance upon completion of its review.
Le Kim Phuong, a migrant working at Da Nang Airport said such decisions should be considered carefully before being acted upon because they affected a large number of people who were working in the city and contributing to its growth.
As workers, she and her husband could not afford to buy a permanent residence and her husband was temporarily unemployed and in the process of applying for a new job. Under this decision, her husband could be forced out of the city, she said.
In addition to the permanent residence issue, the city's decisions to halt establishment of new pawn shops and fine illegally established ones, and seize the vehicles of traffic violators under the age of 16 for a 60-day period were also being reviewed by the ministry because they did not fall within the city's jurisdiction, said Son.
These decisions by the city's People's Council last December were set to take effect at the beginning of this year. — VNS