On December 31, 2013, the Ministry of Justice issued the Circular No. 22/2013/TT-BTP detailing and guiding the implementation of some articles of the Decree No. 24/2013/ND-CP dated March 28, 2013 of the Government promulgating the implementation of some Articles of the Law on Marriage and Family on relations of marriage and family with foreign factors.
The Circular prescribes that in marriage between Vietnamese citizens with foreigners in the case that both parties differ 20 years old or more; foreigners get married for the third time or married and divorced with wives or husbands who are Vietnamese citizens; both parties do not understand well each other status of families or individuals; do not understand languages, customs, traditions, culture, laws on marriage and family of each country, it is required for them to go to the Center for being consulted or supported.
In the case that , a Vietnamese citizen is fluent in a foreign language used by the foreigner or the foreigner is fluent in Vietnamese, and results of the interview at the Department of Justice shows that both parties have an understanding of family and individual circumstances of each other, understanding of language, customs, traditions, culture, laws on marriage and family in each country, they do not have to additionally submit the Certificate of the Center.
In accordance with this Circular, the establishment of the Center for consultancy and support of marriage and family involving foreign elements must satisfy the conditions as the operation address of the Center may be independent with the address for opening courses of consultancy and support, but it must ensure the area, working facilities, in accordance with the practice of each locality; the Center must have at least 01 full-time consultant; in addition to it may use collaborators who are experts in the fields of language, culture – society or legislation to conduct consultancy and support.
This Circular takes effect on February 17, 2014.
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