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Article 16. Overseas issuance of ordinary passports

Article 16. Overseas issuance of ordinary passports

  1. A passport applicant shall submit a declaration form filled in with sufficient information, 2 portrait photos and relevant papers specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Law and produce his/her Vietnamese passport or a personal identification paper issued by the competent Vietnamese agency.

  If having no Vietnamese passport or personal identification paper issued by the competent Vietnamese agency, the passport applicant may produce a personal identification paper issued by a foreign competent agency and a paper proving his/her Vietnamese citizenship or a paper for use as a ground for determining Vietnamese citizenship in accordance with the law on citizenship.

  1. First-time passport application procedures shall be carried out at a Vietnamese representative mission of the country where the applicant resides. Passport application procedures from the second time onward shall be carried out at an overseas Vietnamese representative mission which is convenient for the applicant.
  2. A responsible person shall receive an application, portrait photos and relevant papers; check information therein with that in the national database on exit and entry of Vietnamese citizens; take photos and collect fingerprints of the first-time applicant for passport with embedded electronic chip; and issue a written appointment stating the date of notification of request processing results.
  3. Within 5 working days after receiving a first-time passport application or 3 working days after receiving an application for a passport from the second time onward, if having sufficient grounds to issue a passport, an overseas Vietnamese representative mission receiving the application shall notify application processing results to the applicant and send a notice thereof to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security, and the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in case the mission’s system is not yet connected with the national database on exit and entry of Vietnamese citizens.

In case grounds for passport issuance are insufficient or more time is needed for having grounds for passport issuance, an overseas Vietnamese representative mission shall issue a written reply, clearly stating the reason.

  1. Extended time for having grounds for passport issuance as specified in Clause 4 of this Article is as follows:

a/ Within 3 working days after receiving an application, an overseas Vietnamese representative mission shall send a document, made according to a provided form, to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security for verification according to their competence;

b/ Within 15 days after receiving a document of information exchange, the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security shall issue written replies to the overseas Vietnamese representative mission;

c/ Within 2 working days after receiving replies from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security, the overseas Vietnamese representative mission shall issue a passport to the applicant; in case of refusal to issue a passport, the overseas Vietnamese representative mission shall issue a written reply, clearly stating the reason.

  1. A passport applicant shall pay delivery service charge if he/she wishes to receive his/her passport at a location other than that specified in Clause 2 of this Article