On January 22, 2008 the United States and Vietnam entered into a repatriation treaty. Prior to this agreement, Vietnamese nationals with final orders of deportation could not be removed to Vietnam. Now, however, the US may effectuate orders of deportation to Vietnam provided that the alien (1) arrived in the U.S. on or after July 12, 1995, (2) is subject to a final order of removal, (3) is not a citizen of the U.S. or any other country aside from Vietnam, and (4) does not have residence in another country. This agreement is valid for 5 years and will be automatically renewed every three years thereafter unless the U.S. or Vietnam objects to such extension. It is estimated that this agreement will trigger the deportation of 1,500 Vietnamese currently living in the U.S.
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