President Truong Tan Sang signed an order dated June 26 to promulgate the Law on amendments and supplements to the Law on Vietnamese Nationality.

The law, approved on June 24 by National Assembly deputies at their seventh session in the 13th tenure, contains changes to articles 13 and 26 of the Law on Vietnamese Nationality.

The new article 13 stipulates that citizens having Vietnamese nationality include those who have Vietnamese nationality by the effective date of this law and those who acquire Vietnamese nationality under this law.

Overseas Vietnamese, who have not yet lost Vietnamese nationality as prescribed by Vietnamese law before the effective date of this law, still retain their Vietnamese nationality.

Vietnamese residing abroad, who have not yet lost Vietnamese nationality and have no papers to prove their Vietnamese nationality as prescribed in article 11 of this law, should make registration with overseas Vietnamese representative missions to have their Vietnamese nationality recognised and their Vietnamese passports issued.

Clause 3 of article 26 related to cases failing to register for retention of Vietnamese nationality as prescribed in clause 2 of the old article 13 was annulled.

The amended law took effect from June 26.-VNA