One of the issues most frequently raised by participants is the procedure for stateless nationals who stably reside and legally make a living in the territory of Vietnam to apply for Vietnamese citizenship.
According to Minister Cuong, Vietnamese naturalisation is among Party and State policy and it has been defined in the Vietnamese Citizenship Law since 1945. Accordingly, stateless nationals who permanently reside in Vietnam can undergo naturalisation to become Vietnamese citizens with full rights and responsibilities.
Tending to the historical backlog of cases, the 2008 Vietnamese Citizen Law provides naturalisation for stateless, law-abiding nationals residing in Vietnam for more than 20 years, counting up to July 1, 2009, through a simple procedure, said Minister Cuong.
3,170 cases have been solved in accordance with this procedure so far. The MoJ accepted nearly 4,000 application dossiers and submitted 3,440 cases to the State President for approval. The Ministry is currently guiding localities to implement the ensuring Vietnamese citizenship for stateless residents who meet required regulations.
Minister Cuong also answered additional questions raised by people and businesses, including building and implementing laws, inspecting legal documents, justice issues, same-sex marriage, judgment execution, land-use rights auctions and judicial reform.