US citizens having a baby in Taiwan

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US citizens having a baby in Taiwan

Postby Atabeira » 20 Mar 2011, 16:02

Hi,
my partner and I will be having a baby soon and we were wondering about the legal status of the baby. We don't know anybody that has experienced this so we have no idea where to go or who could orient us. Any ideas? suggestions?
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Re: US citizens having a baby in Taiwan

Postby housecat » 20 Mar 2011, 16:17

Atabeira wrote:Hi,
my partner and I will be having a baby soon and we were wondering about the legal status of the baby. We don't know anybody that has experienced this so we have no idea where to go or who could orient us. Any ideas? suggestions?


What nationality do you and your partner have?
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Re: US citizens having a baby in Taiwan

Postby saddletramp » 20 Mar 2011, 16:48

Follow this link to AIT for a report of birth abroad, you will need it to get a passport and SSN for your new one.
http://acs.ait.org.tw/report-birth-abroad.html

I did it 8 years ago, but it was not at all difficult.
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Re: US citizens having a baby in Taiwan

Postby Atabeira » 20 Mar 2011, 22:03

Housecat - we're both US citizens

Saddletramp - thank you so much! :)
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Re: US citizens having a baby in Taiwan

Postby achdizzy1099 » 20 Mar 2011, 23:36

I'm not sure if this policy is still in place, but years ago if a foreign baby was born here on Taiwan soil it was standard protocol for the government to take the baby and send it to the Taiwanese Reeducation Center in Tainan. It was a one week orientation designed to avoid the societal danger of inherited foreign instincts a newborn may harbor. My memory is a bit patchy here, but I believe the week involved rigorous postnatal introductions to basic Taiwanese survival skills, for instance, there is a quick tutorial regarding betel nut chewing and the proper way to litter in public parks, an instructional video hosted by Zhu ge Liang demonstrating the ancient Taiwan tradition of constantly being in someone's way. The week ends with the little ones being placed in a stroller and push up and down busy alleyways during rush hour, and finally, assuming they pass the written driving test (which any newborn can do) they get sent home with a 50cc Kymco and matching Doraemon skateboard helmet.

Unfortunately, there is no citizenship birth rights in Taiwan :-(

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