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Vietnam - US visa regime may change

Released at: 21:21, 05/04/2016

Vietnam - US visa regime may change

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks on the diplomatic note of one-year multiple visas for American citizens

National Assembly considering changes that would grant one-year visas to American citizens, resulting in similar arrangements being offered to Vietnamese citizens.

by Hong Nhung

At the National Assembly (NA) meeting on April 4, State President Tran Dai Quang asked the legislature to approve a diplomatic note on changes to visa issuance between Vietnam and the US.

One-year multiple visas would be granted to US citizens instead of three-month, non-extendable visas, as now. In return, Vietnamese citizens would also be able to apply for one-year visas to the US.

During subsequent discussions, Mr. Hoang Thanh Tung, NA delegate from the Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang province, said that approving the diplomatic note would create more favorable conditions for Vietnamese to enter into the US, saving time and cost, corresponding to the US's visa issuance policy to Vietnamese citizens. Ratification of the note is also in line with the deeper relationship in all fields between Vietnam and the US, he added.

Concluding the discussion, NA Deputy Chairwoman Ms. Tong Thi Phong said that the NA would agree to permit visas of one-year duration to US citizens coming to Vietnam. The NA Standing Committee would work out a resolution for the NA to approve the diplomatic note, she added.

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