Overseas Vietnamese face no risk of losing citizenship

By Thai Son, Thanh Nien News

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Overseas Vietnamese return to their homeland to visit the late President Ho Chi Minh's native village of Kim Lien in Nghe An Province on April 11. PHOTO COURTESY OF VNA
Vietnam's top leadership has agreed to abolish the registration deadline for overseas Vietnamese seeking to retain their Vietnamese nationality, house speaker Nguyen Sinh Hung said Friday.
In addition, the Politburo, the decision-making body of the ruling Communist Party, asked the government to simplify the procedures for retaining citizenship, Hung said at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee in Hanoi.
Prior to the announcement, the assembly’s Law Committee recommended two measures to ensure that overseas Vietnamese who failed to register to keep their Vietnamese nationality by the July 1 would not lose it.
The 2009 law required overseas Vietnamese, or Viet Kieu, who hadn't lost their Vietnamese citizenship by July 1, 2009, to register by July 1 of this year to retain it.
The Law Committee proposed that the deadline be pushed back for another five years or abolished outright.
Only 6,000 out of 4.5 million overseas Vietnamese have registered to retain citizenship so far, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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