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Taiwanese Citizenship from Mother

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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Taiwanese Citizenship from Mother

Postby N11ixddj » 07 Nov 2013, 20:27

I'm an Australian citizen and I've lived in Australia most of my life. My mother is a Taiwanese citizen, with a passport and ID number; I have a Taiwanese passport as well but with no idea number. I understand that through my mother I can obtain Taiwanese household registration if I apply before I turn twenty, (I was born in early 1995), and that if I am successful I will be required to take military service although because of my birth year it will be of reduced length and intensity.
Have I got this right, and am I missing anything else important? And quickly on the topic of military service, I'm not sure what really to expect, I've heard mixed things about it and although I do speak fluent Mandarin and bits and pieces of Taiwanese, I am not sure if it will be particularly difficult because of my ethnicity, am I right to be worried?
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Re: Taiwanese Citizenship from Mother

Postby kaikai34 » 08 Nov 2013, 00:02

If you keep your head down and do as you're told, I don't think you have to worry. You may even luck out into a year-long community service gig. Whatever you do, don't puss out like this guy and get caught on video.
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Re: Taiwanese Citizenship from Mother

Postby smatto » 04 Mar 2016, 14:46

edit: oh wow sorry I just realised how old this original post is - sorry my bad, will try and delete this when I can work out how...



Have a read of this FAQ: http://www.nca.gov.tw/engver/faq.asp#q3
The English isn't the easiest to understand... but how I read it is if you get household registration & overseas Chinese status, you would only be conscripted if you stayed in Taiwan for over a year? (don't quote me though, I may have read it wrong :s )

I do know a lot of dual-national Taiwanese who travel in on their OS passports on visa waiver instead (and obviously leave before the visa waiver is up)
In saying that, I also know of Taiwanese-born males who although hold OS passports, still avoid travelling into TW just in case (because their OS passport shows TW birthplace)

Depends on what you want to do I guess, if you want to stay in Taiwan longer term and don't mind serving then your only troubles would be what "serving" actually entails (apparently a lot less than it used to be, but I can't speak from experience).

If you want to visit Taiwan, still get your national ID to keep options open but not serve the conscription, there seems to be ways around that too...
A lot of people seem to think that mandatory conscription will be a thing of the past soon (tho, no guarantee on how soon)

Not sure if that helped or not... :bow:
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