|The new Vietnamese passports. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — The addition of "place of birth" information on the Vietnamese passport will ensure stable and long-term legitimate rights and interests for Vietnamese citizens when conducting immigration activities in other countries, according to Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Defence and Security Committee Lê Tấn Tới.
Delivering a verification report at the 15th NA’s fourth session in Hà Nôi on Monday on the implementation of the Law on Exit and Entry of Vietnamese Citizens related to the birthplace information on passports, Tới said that from July 27, a number of countries in Europe announced they would suspend the issuance of visas for the new passport as it does not contain the "place of birth" information of the holder.
As the issue has affected the entry activities of Vietnamese citizens into Schengen countries and attracted special public attention, NA Standing Committee included the issue in its August meeting to question the Minister of Public Security.
The Government then directed the Ministry of Public Security and overseas Vietnamese representative agencies to add the "place of birth" information to the passport of Vietnamese citizens and the addition has been temporarily accepted by other countries, but some said that they only accept it until the end of 2022, after which the new passport must have "place of birth" information on its identity page.
Delivering a report on the issue, Minister of Public Security Tô Lâm said that the new passport has been put into use since July 1, 2022.
However, after a number of countries declared that they temporarily suspended the recognition of Việt Nam’s new passport due to a lack of birthplace information, the Government proposed the NA agree to supplement the information on the Vietnamese passport, and include this content in the resolution of the NA’s fourth session, he said.
The head of the NA Defence and Security Committee said that the committee agrees on the necessity to add the birthplace information to the identity page of the new passport.
He said that this will not require additional administrative procedure and cause no additional cost to citizens.
The committee also agrees with the Government’s proposal to add this content to the NA’s fourth session’s resolution, he stressed.
Tới suggested that the Government should seek a long-term solution with the addition of "place of birth" to immigration documents in general to ensure stable and long-term legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens. — VNS