Instruction for Vietnamese naturalization for Overseas Vietnamese

Currently, more and more overseas Vietnamese have the need to return to Vietnam to invest, work, live,…And to facilitate these activities, overseas Vietnamese should register for Vietnamese citizenship, especially, if overseas Vietnamese want to own real estate in Vietnam, naturalization is the only solution for overseas Vietnamese to own real estate in their name.

The following article will guide overseas Vietnamese to carry out the Vietnamese naturalization procedure.

1. What is Vietnamese naturalization?

Vietnamese naturalization is an administrative procedure carried out at the competent Vietnamese agencies for non-Vietnamese citizens to acquire Vietnamese nationality.

In order to be naturalized, non-Vietnamese people need to meet the conditions prescribed by Vietnamese law corresponding to each specific object.

For overseas Vietnamese who used to have Vietnamese nationality, but now settle and live abroad and have naturalized abroad, they may naturalize Vietnam as follows:

– If overseas Vietnamese have renounced Vietnamese nationality or been deprived of Vietnamese nationality, they can naturalize Vietnam according to the instructions in this article.

– In this article, CIS Law Firm guides the procedure for Vietnamese naturalization for overseas Vietnamese who have not yet registered to give up their Vietnamese nationality or have not been deprived of Vietnamese nationality.

2. Will naturalization in Vietnam affect foreign documents of overseas Vietnamese?

– Procedures for Vietnamese naturalization are carried out entirely at competent agencies in Vietnam.

– Viet Kieu do not have to carry out any procedures related to the country of which overseas Vietnamese are holding nationality.

– Therefore, foreign documents of Viet Kieu are still valid for use when carrying out procedures for Vietnamese naturalization.

3. Benefits when overseas Vietnamese do procedures for Vietnamese naturalization

When overseas Vietnamese complete the procedures for Vietnamese naturalization, it means that they are a holder of dual citizenship (also known as dual citizenship) and will enjoy all the privileges and benefits in terms of economy, politics, welfare, social interests of both countries of which overseas Vietnamese are citizens. Benefits can include:

♦ Own and in the name on the paper of real estate in Vietnam.

– According to the provisions of land law, foreign nationals can only buy and own houses in the form of apartments or houses under the project.

– When overseas Vietnamese naturalize Vietnam, they will have the right to own, buy and sell all types of real estate like all Vietnamese citizens without the above restrictions.

♦ Invest, open a company conveniently, without restrictions on market access:

According to the provisions of Vietnamese investment law, foreign investors must meet a number of conditions when investing in Vietnam, and at the same time, investment procedures for foreign investors are complicated and take a long time. Meanwhile, investors with Vietnamese nationality do not have to meet these conditions and the company establishment procedure is also much simpler and faster. Therefore, when overseas Vietnamese naturalize Vietnam, they will own dual citizenship, allowing overseas Vietnamese to choose the most profitable business investment plan for them in the application of the provisions of the law on investment and enterprise.

More convenient in entry and exit without applying for a visa or permanent or temporary residence card.

Foreigners entering Vietnam need a visa, and even if they are granted a 5-year visa, they can only reside in Vietnam for no more than 6 months at a time, at the end of this residence period, overseas Vietnamese must carry out procedures for extension of duration of residence or temporarily exit another country and re-enter Vietnam. When having dual citizenship, overseas Vietnamese who enter with a Vietnamese passport can stay in Vietnam indefinitely. Besides, entry with a Vietnamese passport is also much simpler than when using an entry visa.


4. Conditions for overseas Vietnamese to naturalize Vietnam

Overseas Vietnamese may naturalize Vietnam when satisfying the following two conditions:

Firstly: Overseas Vietnamese have papers proving that they used to have Vietnamese nationality and still hold Vietnamese citizenship according to the provisions of Vietnamese law.

Secondly: Overseas Vietnamese who have lawful residence in Vietnam, including houses owned by themselves or rented, borrowed or stayed at other people’s houses or sponsored by relatives.

5. Steps to apply for Vietnamese naturalization

In order to naturalize Vietnam, overseas Vietnamese must carry out four steps as follows:

Step 1: Overseas Vietnamese prepare a set of documents to register for permanent residence in Vietnam according to the instruction in Section 6.

Step 2: After preparing all the documents in step 1, overseas Vietnamese submit the document at the Immigration Department of the Police Department of the province or centrally run city where the overseas Vietnamese have a lawful residence or the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security.

Step 3: After receiving the naturalization dossier of the overseas Vietnamese, the immigration management agencies will consider and evaluate the conditions. In case the dossier meets the conditions, the immigration management agencies will reply with the approval result for the Overseas Vietnamese to return to Vietnam for permanent residence.

Step 4: After receiving the results of step 3, overseas Vietnamese carry out procedures such as: registering for permanent residence in the locality, applying for a citizen ID card and a Vietnamese passport.

6. Application for Vietnamese naturalization

To naturalize Vietnam, overseas Vietnamese need to prepare 02 sets of documents, including the following documents:

1) Application for permanent residence in Vietnam (Download form ct 02).

2) Foreign passport or permanent residence document issued by a foreign competent authority.

3) One of the valid papers proving that overseas Vietnamese used to have Vietnamese nationality.

4) Copy of documents proving lawful residence in Vietnam:

– In case overseas Vietnamese own houses in Vietnam, submit a certificate of house ownership or documents on buying, selling, gifting, giving, exchanging, inheriting houses, housing purchase contracts, etc.

– In case overseas Vietnamese rent, borrow or stay at another person’s house or are guaranteed by a relative, they shall submit a contract for renting, lending or letting them stay at the house; A document proving that the lessor agrees to allow such person to register for permanent residence; Papers and documents evidencing the ownership of the house of the lessor.


7. Cost of applying for Vietnamese naturalization

For Vietnamese naturalization, there are basic state fees and charges, including:

  • Fees for searching and extracting documents;
  • Permanent residence registration fee;
  • Citizenship identification fee;
  • Passport issuance fee;
  • …etc.

8. Notes when carrying out procedures for Vietnamese naturalization

– Overseas Vietnamese often face difficulties when they do not have enough documents to prove that they used to have Vietnamese nationality. Accordingly, overseas Vietnamese must extract documents such as birth certificates and permanent residence books before settling at the competent authorities. This extract will be more difficult if Overseas Vietnamese settled down abroad long time ago.

– Extracting old records can also be difficult when the identity information of Overseas Vietnamese has changed. For example, some overseas Vietnamese, when naturalizing abroad, will take a new name in a foreign language and do not have documents to prove the relationship with the old name, which will make it difficult to extract documents and process naturalization documents because these papers are all in the old name.

– In addition, in the process of carrying out the procedures, state agencies may request the explanation of some information related to the identity of the Vietnamese naturalized person.

– In fact, the processing of naturalization dossiers by the Immigration Department about the naturalization of overseas Vietnamese in Vietnam is quite long, from 4-6 months. Therefore, the applicant must regularly monitor the status of the application to provide additional documents in a timely manner if requested by the Immigration Department.

9. Service of applying Vietnamese naturalization for overseas Vietnamese at CIS Law Firm.

With a wealth of experience in carrying out naturalization procedures for overseas Vietnamese, CIS Law Firm is proud to assist many overseas Vietnamese with successful naturalization.

The advantages of using services at CIS Law Firm:

  • Consult on conditions and procedures for Vietnamese naturalization;
  • Translate, notarize, translate and consularly legalize documents in service of Vietnamese naturalization;
  • Extract and complete documents for naturalization in Vietnam for clients;
  • Carry out procedures for applying for naturalization at a competent state agency;
  • Consult and carry out other legal procedures after being approved by the State agency for Vietnamese naturalization.

Above are detailed instructions on procedures for Vietnamese naturalization for Overseas Vietnamese. If you have questions about or you have unclear content or need legal assistance, please immediately contact a lawyer of CIS Law Firm with the following information:


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