Residency Bill: 'Ho Khau' Remains but Procedures Must Be Simplified

Ho khau, a certificate of citizens’ residency, still remains in the latest residency bill but related procedures must be simplified.

On Monday, the National Assembly Standing Committee finished discussing the bill and agreed to submit it to the legislative body for approval.

The bill states that within 10 days after citizens finish application, the authorized agencies must issue ho khau. In case of refusal, the reason must be spelled out in writing.

Mr. Tran Dai Quang, Deputy Minister of Public Security, said his ministry has re-considered all ho khau issue steps and concluded that 10 days is “quite possible”.

Notably, the bill bans abuse of ho khau regulations to limit citizens’ legitimate rights and interests.

Mr. Le Quang Binh, head of the NA board for citizens’ wishes, said it is necessary to specify the purposes of ho khau to minimize related administrative procedures. He said the Government must work out specific regulations toward this end.

By BM – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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