THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No. 14/2004/CT-TTg
Hanoi, April 2, 2004
 
DIRECTIVE
ON HANDLING AND PREVENTION OF VIETNAMESE CITIZENS' ILLEGAL EXIT, ENTRY AND RESIDENCE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES
Recently, the number of Vietnamese citizens' illegally entering and staying in foreign countries has been on constant rise, thus negatively affecting our country's prestige and relations with the concerned countries and adversely impacting the development of tourism and labor export. Violations committed by Vietnamese citizens largely take the following forms:
Illegal exit from Vietnam and entry into foreign countries: People committing this violation usually had no exit and entry papers, and were deceived, enticed or dragged by evil persons to illegally cross the borders to some foreign countries where they searched jobs or used fake passports and papers to further travel to other countries. Many women and children were even deceived and trafficked to foreign countries.
Legal exit from Vietnam and entry into foreign countries, but later staying on for illegal residence and labor in such countries: Subjects committing this violation traveled to foreign countries with lawful passports as tourists, visitors to relatives, self-financed overseas students, laborers, etc., then stayed on beyond the permitted duration for seeking employment. The fact that many were deceitfully sent for overseas labor through the tourist channel has badly affected the labor export policies of our State.