Do I qualify for a dual citizenship with Vietnam?

I was born in Haiphong/Vietnam in 1976 to my mom a Vietnam Citizen, at that time.  My family was sponsored to the United States by a church as permanent residence in 1981.  I obtained United States Citizenship in 2011 through naturalization; I never had a Vietnamese passport.  When becoming a United States Citizen, they took my green card and during the ceremony they did not require me to renounce any citizenship towards Vietnam.  In fact, the USA does allow dual citizenship if you can obtain it.  Vietnam laws allow dual citizenship, and just recently they amended the law to allow Vietnamese living abroad to retain their Vietnam citizenship. Originally it said that we would lose our Vietnamese Citizenship if we did not register by July, 1 2014, but they amended that law in June 2014 to remove that deadline.

My question is, because of my situation, does that allow me to obtain a dual citizenship with Vietnam? What would I need to do to have that happen?

I think the best way is to check with Vietnam Embassy in US for advice and processing. :top:

I recently applied for a 5 year visa exemption, and while searching online the dual citizenship idea came up.  The VN embassy will not open for answers till Monday, so I was trying to see if anyone had some answers till then.

Let see their answer on Monday. or then, you can ask Law firm in Vietnam for advice. keep patient, i hope it is positive.

Best to contact someone who specialise in that field,you may get conflicting answers in a forum.

Just a question totally unrelated to your post, but I find it a little strange how a NORTH Vietnamese would be sponsored to go the USA, especially AFTER the war???? Was that very common?  Or was this a USA guilt thing, after Hai Phong had the shit bombed out of it during the war?

I wouldn't know the situation of that.  My family survived and I was born; I didn't care for details on wars. My father was Chinese, and I'm pretty sure my family left Vietnam and got to a refugee camp before being sponsored.  All I know was that I was born into a crazy situation, and my mother was a Vietnamese citizen when I was born in Vietnam.

HI , I recently applied for a Vietnamese passport at the Vietnam Embassy in Australia and I was born in Vietnam and left when i was 4. I didn't have a birth certificate so i had to go get that ( i did that when i was already in vietnam), filled in a request for new passport form (downloaded from their website), sent a $200 usd money order and return envelope and send it off. I am still waiting and was told i would take 2-3 months. I think the hardest part is getting the birth certificate if you don't have one already. If you have one, it is pretty straight forward as i think the government now has a policy of welcoming back overseas vietnamese . My cousin in Canada did the same thing last year and go hers no problem. Hope this all helps. Don't get talked into paying $1000's by a dodgy vietnamese lawyer (90% of them are) like i know a few other people did.

Thank you bongolongo,

Your reply is exactly what i was looking for.  I really appreciated your comments.  Thank you again.


I am looking into the same thing. Thank you for raising this question. Have any found further information from the embassy regarding reclaiming Vietnamese citizenship while being a U.S. citizen? I am glad to hear the deadline to register was lifted. Does it mean we can just go ahead and register to reclaim our Vietnamese citizenship?

You can do it the embassy way which is straight forward but takes several months. Or you go to your home provence and pay off a lot of people and have it done in a few months.

BlueNZ, this link might help explain it: … e-hoa.html

From 1883 to 1885, various Chinese military forces did the bulk of fighting against the French in North Vietnam (Tonkin). Chinese armes included the Black Flags under Luu Vinh Phuoc (also given as Lun Vinh Phuoc in some sources), the Yellow Flags (former Taiping), and the Chinese Imperial Army (described by the French as well armed and disciplined). It's a fascinating subject if you ever get bored, and you can pull up a fair amount on wiki. (particularly on the sieges of Son Tay and Tuyen Quang).

The French got into the north due to a desire to ship arms up to Yunnan, just as the Japanese went in there to close the Red River to US arms shipments to the Nationalist Chinese government in 1940.

Here's a wiki link:  Note that the majority of Black Flag troops were from the minority the Vietnamese referred to as "Nung".

The poster should have no trouble on the citizenship, provided his paperwork is proper. Many of the Chinese who were expelled were welcomed back once Doi Moi went into effect.

Anybody know the paperwork forms that need to be filled out?

I was born in Vietnam, but left and got to USA in 1980.  I want to get a dual citizenship with Vietnam, but they require a birth certificate, which I don't have one (lost, burned, destroyed etc.).  Does anyone know how I can get a Vietnamese birth certificate?

Do you believe VN law allows dual citizenship? If so, why in 2016 a female government official resigned or was forced from office or something like because she had a USA or foreign  citizenship? Although she was originally a VN citizen.  I don't remember her entire story, but I remember reading something like that in the VN news. I may search for it. Does anyone remember that story?

Libhero :

Do you believe VN law allows dual citizenship? If so, why in 2016 a female government official resigned or was forced from office or something like because she had a USA or foreign  citizenship? Although she was originally a VN citizen.  I don't remember her entire story, but I remember reading something like that in the VN news. I may search for it. Does anyone remember that story?

While they do allow it, they have don't let you hold certain positions if you have it.. also foreing spouse is no no and will halt probably your promotios.

Working in the government is a totally different situation. Did you know that if you work in certain government positions and marry a foreigner you must leave the government position.

Although US doesn't explicitly disallow dual citizenship, it's ok to have dual as US doesn't really care.  Not until you start holding government position in unfriendly countries.

I was in similar to your situation, and started applying VN passport 1.5 years ago.  And finally I got mine a month ago although I was being told at the time that it only take 3-6 months.  I got my VN birth certificate, and provided names of relatives currently in VN to vow for the accuracy.  I applied at the consulate in the US, and filled out a form with 2 photos, and paid roughly around $150 for the processing fee.  In the application, it asked questions like "what have you been doing during certain period(s) of time, and "what faith do you believe in", etc, etc.  Just fill out as much as you can, and don't sweat over it.  Local police in VN did call my aunt to verify my application.  It took me 1.5 years and many phone calls to the consulate at early hours to bug them.  The bottleneck was actually on the VN side, as the application was sent back to VN for processing.

As far as form ... best to show up and have them tell you which form(s) to fill out instead of guessing which ones to download and fill out.  The whole process to fill out the form only took me 15 minutes assuming you have all the available info.  Else take the form home, and bring it back the next day.

I have no idea how to attach the form via this post but the name of the form was "So Yeu Ly Lich".  Mau M.01/LS

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