Militarygamer wrote:My friend is from Hong Kong, his parents are not Taiwanese descent, somehow he is able to obtain a Taiwanese Overseas Passport and he is living in Taiwan legally, how is that possible? He is 31 years old, I suspect the law may have changed over the years when he applied?
Q. When the Overseas Chinese Identity Certificates obtained by Hong Kong and Macau residents before 1997 and 1999 have now expired, how are their Overseas Chinese Identities recognized?
(1) After 1997 for Hong Kong and 1999 for Macau, the OCAC no longer issues Overseas Chinese Identity Certificates to Hong Kong and Macau residents by law. rPursuant to Article 4 of the Hong Kong & Macau Relations Act, residents of these areas who obtained overseas Chinese identities prior to the end of governorship by Great Britain or Portugal of Hong Kong or Macau respectively shall have their existing rights and interests protected.
(2) Pursuant to Article 7 of the Hong Kong & Macau Relations Act Enforcement Rules, a person who obtains an overseas Chinese identity means a person who has obtained an Overseas Chinese Identity Certificate issued by the OCAC. Hong Kong or Macau residents who claim that they have obtained such overseas Chinese identity must present the said Certificate. Where necessary the relevant authority may seek verification from the OCAC.
Q. Is there any restriction on who can apply for an Overseas Chinese Identity Certificate?
A. Overseas Chinese Identity Certificates are issued pursuant to the Overseas Chinese Identity Certification Act which applies to Republic of China nationals residing overseas. However, this does not apply to persons with Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau residency status, or persons holding passports issued by Mainland China.
tainted wrote:Technically PRC, HKSAR, MCSAR citizens are just ROC citizens without house hold registration.
tainted wrote:After living outside the PRC for a period of 4 years or more, a PRC etc citizen can apply for an ROC passport.
1) PRC citizens have the character 新 (new) stamped in their passport to indicate they're from the mainland.
2) SAR citizens have the character 特 (special) stamped into their passport to indicate that they're from a SAR.
3. Special considerations for political, economic, social, educational, technological, cultural, athletic, overseas Chinese, religious, and humanitarian reasons.
[...] unless your wife can satisfy the VERY high standard of c which I called it a "Nobel Prize" clause, her application will be denied.
I called Bureau of Consular Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was confirmed that your wife do need to meet all of the three requirements. I was also confirmed that it is EXTREMELY difficult to pass c requirement. In other words, the interpretation in my two previous emails are correct.
tainted wrote:Overseas Chinese have always been eligible for ROC passports
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