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Thousands of invalid documents issued to foreign nationals revoked

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Sok Phal, a secretary of state with the Interior Ministry at monthly meeting on revoke irregular documents immigration. National Police

The General Immigration Department yesterday reported that it has revoked most invalid documents used by foreigners living in Cambodia.

Sok Phal, a secretary of state with the Interior Ministry, said the move was done by immigration officials after months of deliberation.

He said that most of the documents revoked include Cambodian family books, resident books, birth and marriage certificates, as well as identification cards and passports.

“We have revoked nearly 70,000 irregular documents used by mostly Vietnamese nationals,” Mr Phal said, noting that GID has launched a campaign to revoke the documents at the end of 2017, and will continue to do so until June 30.

In a report issued today, GID officials revoked 36,094 invalid documents used by 68,801 foreigners from nine countries.

A total of 111,421 immigrants have applied for legal status, it noted.

In August 2017, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a sub-decree to crackdown on immigrants holding illegal or invalid documents. Some of the documents are used to vote during elections.

According to the sub-decree, the Interior Ministry has the authority to revoke documents and take action on foreign nationals that use these documents. It also has the authority to take action against persons who forge the documents.

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