Hanoi to tighten requirements for permanent residency application

January 18, 2010

People who want to apply for permanent residency in Hanoi have to hold a legal job with salary double the regulated minimum salary, according to a draft of the Capital Law announced Saturday.

Minimum wages at urban districts in Hanoi are now VND980,000 (US$53.08).

Another requirement is that the people must have legal accommodation in capital or hold temporary residency there continuously for at least five years compared to the current requirement of one year.

Speaking at a meeting with many representatives from the National Assembly and the government, Le Thanh Long, from the Ministry of Justice, said as the capital city, Hanoi need to have special residency requirements.

Under the draft law, those without temporary or permanent residency in Hanoi have to be licensed by the city’s Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs before working there.

The draft also seeks to give Hanoi authorities more rights, including issuing laws which could differ from that that of the government but is within the national constitution. In case of conflicts between the capital city’s laws and other related regulations within its boundaries, the former would apply, according to the draft.

Hanoi would also be allowed to keep 50 percent of budget income co-shared with the government and keep all budget that exceeded quotas given by the government.

The authority to decide and execute most of its infrastructure, including those relating to transport, culture and education, would also be handed over to the capital city administration.

On the other hand, municipal authorities will also have to issue environmental and other kinds of legislation that are stricter than national standards, the draft mentions.

Municipal party committee secretary Pham Quang Nghi said Hanoi needed to have a unique regime so it can deserve to be a capital.

However, Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong said they were yet to reach agreement on whether to give Hanoi authorities the right to issue laws different from those passed by the government.

Source: Tuoi Tre

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