Supports for citizens that have met difficulties in foreign countries
On July 08, 2013, the Ministry of Finance issued the Circular No. 92/2013/TT-BTC dated July 8, 2013 of the Ministry of Finance defining the financial management regime of the Fund for Assisting Overseas Vietnamese Citizens and Legal Entities.
Citizen Assistance Fund is the non-refundable expenses, accordingly, the fund shall be non-refundable for expenses for direct activities related to assisting overseas Vietnamese citizens and legal entities of overseas Vietnamese representative agencies. Expenses for officials of representative agencies to assist overseas Vietnamese citizens and legal entities or investigate cases in which overseas Vietnamese citizens are arrested, held in temporary detention of custody, brought to trial or sentenced to imprisonment; expenses for citizens that have met difficulties when they themselves and their family can’t afford to recover; for citizens who are suffered from the fatal diseases (mental disease, end-stage of cancer, dead, or having accident that may affect their life and they can’t afford to recover; or cases in serious circumstances that need assistance (war, natural disasters, epidemic diseases, terrorism); assist the expenses for taking women, children who are victims of human trafficking criminals to back to their country according to the content, expense rate to support them during the time of pending their repatriation; conducted by the overseas Vietnamese representative agencies.
Besides, the Circular also points out clearly that the fund shall be refundable for advances for air fares for repatriation, payments of hospital fees, temporary accommodation expenses and other expenses for citizens in the cases that when persons concerned have paid deposits or their families, companies, ship-owner offer guarantee and have the confirmation from the Commune People’s Committee where they have the registered residence or their offices are located, of the People’s Committee or in special cases that persons concerned haven’t deposited or haven’t had the guarantee of family, domestic organizations or company, ship-owner, they must have the commitment to refund the advances for the Fund. The head of the representative agencies shall consider and decide on advances for each specific case.This Circular takes effect on October 01, 2013 and replaces the Circular No. 177/2010/TT-BTC dated November 05, 2010.
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