October 20, 2017

National Verification Cards issued in Sittwe, Maungdaw

Immigration officers are working to issue National Verification Cards to locals in Rakhine State.  Photo: Supplied
Immigration officers are working to issue National Verification Cards to locals in Rakhine State.
Photo: Supplied

National Verification Cards (NVC) were handed out to 164 people in Sittwe recently, NVCs are the current government’s answer to identification cards, also known as ‘green cards.’ These cards are recognised under the Myanmar’s 1982
Citizenship Law.
Cards were issued to 62 people from Aung Mingalar Ward and Thakkaypyin Village in Sittwe Township and 102 cards were issued to people from Khamaungseik, Kyeinchaung, Ngakhuya and Ywetnyotaung villages in Maungtaw Township.
“NVCs are the first step to assisting people to become citizens; the next stage will be a scrutinisation process of peoples citizenship,” according to U Win Lwin, Director of the Immigration and National Registration Department.
He added that the scrutinisation process is conducted within the framework of the 1982 Citizenship Law, that if a baby was born to parents who are recognized as citizens, the child of the two will be recognised as a citizen. If a baby was born to naturalised parents, they may not be eligible for citizenship.
Under the 1982 Citizenship Law, a person is granted citizenship at birth if:
“3.  Nationals such as the Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Burman, Mon, Rakhine or Shan and ethnic groups as have settled in any of the territories included within the State as their permanent home from a period anterior to 1185 B.E., 1823 A.D. are Burma citizens.” A naturalised citizen is a person who:
“42. Persons who have entered and resided in the State anterior to 4th January, 1948, and their offsprings born Within the State may, if they have not yet applied under the union Citizenship Act, 1948, apply for naturalised citizenship to the Central Body, furnishing conclusive evidence.” — Myanmar News Agency

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