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does a dual UK/US citizen have to give up both prior to getting ROC citizenship?

Who can and cannot be a dual national, as well as the joys and frustrations accompanying that status. Includes ROC Passport and Military Conscription issues
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does a dual UK/US citizen have to give up both prior to getting ROC citizenship?

Postby FurTrader » 10 Jan 2012, 17:40

does a dual UK/US citizen have to give up both prior to getting ROC citizenship?

my co-worker's sister is a UK citizen.... both parents are UK citizens at time of her birth.
she was born in the USA(New Jersey, to be exact) she never applied for a US passport
because her parent went back to the UK when she was only a few months old.

she married a Taiwanese citizen a couple of years ago and plan to move to Taiwan in
the near future. If she decides to become a Taiwanese citizen, she will obviously have
to give up her UK citizenship, right? What about her US citizenship? Since she was
born in the US, she should probably have no problems getting a US passport.(even if
she never done it in her entire life)

Okay... let's say she gives up her UK citizenship and becomes a Taiwan citizen.... wait
a few years.... can she still go to the US(or a US embassy/consulate) with her US certified
birth certificate and apply for a US passport? If the US does issue one to her, how will that
affect her Taiwanese citizenship?

Thanks! :)
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Re: does a dual UK/US citizen have to give up both prior to getting ROC citizenship?

Postby Satellite TV » 12 Jan 2012, 19:19

Asked and answered in other threads.

But who knows what the citizenship rules will be here in the future. She can ask the NIA and MOI when she is eligible.
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Re: does a dual UK/US citizen have to give up both prior to getting ROC citizenship?

Postby echov » 24 Mar 2012, 01:55

No, you do not need to give up your original citizenship.

In fact, I don't think I was ever asked about giving up anything. But fuck me, was it a long & painful process.
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Re: does a dual UK/US citizen have to give up both prior to getting ROC citizenship?

Postby Omniloquacious » 24 Mar 2012, 09:43

As I understand it, Taiwan's nationality law merely requires the naturalizer to provide proof of renunciation of a foreign citizenship. The authorities do not know how many foreign nationalities you may happen to possess, and are hardly likely to care about it. All they want is that you meet the condition of the law that requires proof of a renunciation. They'd probably think you were stupid or mad if you furnished proof of having renounced more than one.

Hence, anyone who already holds dual or multiple citizenship (as so many millions already do, and countless more are acquiring every day) can renounce whichever is the least valuable to them, hold on to the other or others, and successfully obtain ROC nationality. To be absolutely safe, it would be wise to make sure that the passport you intend to give up is the one you use for entering Taiwan.

The absurdity of this situation - that holders of multiple citizenship need give up only one, can pick and choose which one to give up, and will still be dual citizens after naturalization, thus defeating the whole purpose of the renunciation requirement, if any kind of meaningful purpose can ever be ascribed to it - is one of many reasons why this part of the law is manifestly unreasonable, nonsensical and in need of fundamental revision. It's hard to imagine how anyone could fail to see its absurdity and argue for its retention as it is.
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does a dual UK/US citizen have to give up both prior to getting ROC citizenship?

Postby headhonchoII » 24 Mar 2012, 13:11

There was some debate in the legislature this week regarding this issue, it seems some amendments are going to be put in place soon such as a three year residency instead of five and the minister of the interior is in favour of removing the requirement for citizenship renunciation.
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