​Cambodia starts issuing residency cards to ethnic Vietnamese

The Cambodian government is set to open a path to citizenship for roughly 70,000 ethnic Vietnamese people living in Cambodia. The plan was announced during the year-end meeting of the Immigration Department under Cambodia's Interior Ministry on Wednesday, the Phnom Penh Post reported. At the gathering, immigration chief Sok Phal said the system would be similar to the green cards afforded to immigrants in countries like the United States or Canada.

​Cambodia starts issuing residency cards to ethnic Vietnamese

Not everybody will be recognized,” Nouv Leakhena, deputy head of the immigration department, said. “When they apply, we have to check them. But most of them, I think they can.” Nguyen Viet Dat, vice-president of the Vietnamese-Cambodian association in Pursat Province, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper he was in charge of guiding ethnic Vietnamese to register for their residency cards. “Some of the people here have already been issued with the documentation,” Dat continued. This green card will be replaced with a yellow one after two years, he stated, adding that a pink card will be issued after another two years. A family of ethnic Vietnamese living Cambodia. Photo: Tuoi Tre In accordance with Cambodian laws, ethnic Vietnamese who get residency cards may apply for citizenship after seven years, Dat elaborated. Lo Min, a Vietnamese man who lives near the Tonlé Sap in Siem Reap Province, was showing his residency card with joy. “My family and many other Vietnamese people have lived here for a very long time. Our only wish is to settle with a stable life in… [Read full story]

Cambodian officials have promised to grant two-year residency cards to some Vietnamese immigrants currently facing deportation to Vietnam where they have no legal status either. Officials said on Monday that they plan to issue the short-term documents to people of Vietnamese origin who can prove they arrived in Cambodia before 2012. There will be an application process but most people are likely to pass, officials said, as cited by the Phnom Penh Post. Around 70,000 people of Vietnamese origin live in Cambodia, and most were born there after their parents and grandparents migrated during the war. A drive to revoke…... [read more]

Vietnam has asked Cambodia to provide favorable conditions and guarantee legal rights for ethnic Vietnamese living in the country after Cambodian authorities said they will revoke “improperly” issued official documents from 70,000 individuals, mostly ethnic Vietnamese born in Cambodia. “Vietnam and Cambodia have traditional neighborly relations," Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson, said in a statement Monday. "The ethnic Vietnamese community in Cambodia has had many contributions to the development of Cambodia and helped foster friendly ties between the two countries,” she said. Vietnam hopes Cambodia will “continue to provide favorable legal conditions and take appropriate measures to guarantee…... [read more]

Cambodian authorities are moving forward to revoke official documents from 70,000 individuals, mostly ethnic Vietnamese born in Cambodia, because the documents had been “improperly” issued and mistakenly confer citizenship on “immigrants”, The Phnompenh Post reported. “It is a national problem, not any specific person. Therefore, we need to solve this,” said Sar Khen, Minister of Interior. Most of the offenders were ethnic Vietnamese who had been born in Cambodia and have no other citizenship, said Sok Phal, head of the Immigration Department. “We don’t remove their citizenship, they are Vietnamese. We just take the Cambodian documents,” he added. Phal said the…... [read more]

I am a lawyer from the United States of America. How can I apply for a temporary residence card in Vietnam? According to Vietnamese law, a foreign lawyer wishing to practice law and bear a temporary residence card in Vietnam must obtain a license for practicing law in Vietnam but is not required to have a work permit. In order to be granted a temporary residence card, you first of all have to obtain a license for practicing law in Vietnam. The conditions for you to acquire such a license include: - Having a law practitioner certificate which has been…... [read more]

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