Hello, everyone. As you can probably see, this is my first post. I'll give a brief introduction before I get into my topic.
I'm a second-generation Taiwanese-American, and through the jus sanguinis portion of the ROC nationality law, I am also a Taiwanese citizen, having "technically" held an ID number and a household registry (TP City) since I was 4, when my parents first brought me to the island. (I have visited Taiwan some 3-4 times since then on my American passport.) Recently, for more shrewd reasons (working/doing business in China), I have renewed my passport and obtained a household registry complete with ID card. Consequently, I was able to apply for and gain a Taibaozheng 台胞證, i.e. the key to more privileges in the PRC. Since then, I have gone back to visit my family twice this past year.
Now for the issue at hand:
I am particularly interested in navigating the legal eagles regarding cross-strait marriage, especially with regards to a dual- (and possibly eventually triple-) national. Say that I have convinced a lady here in inland China to walk with me the rest of our days. The trouble then arises: Under which auspices and conditions do I register marriage? Perhaps that is a better question for those more conversant in PRC law, but is it better for me to register with the local hukou bureau (like normal PRC nationals) or with the US consulate?
In any case, the focus of my questions here on Forumosa is with regards to bringing her to settle in Taiwan, and (sooner rather than later) jettisoning her rather useless PRC passport in exchange for an ROC one. First of all, what's the best way to get her on shore? Is it using a pre-existing marriage certificate (be it from the PRC or USA)? Or do I apply for a marriage visa? (Certainly a simple tourist visa on her 入台證 won't do, I'm assuming.) Then how do we get the paperwork underway for marriage and/or household registry, such that she is able to qualify for residency, permission to work, and national health insurance, not necessarily in that particular order?
Then that brings us to the passport question. In order to allow for more freedom of movement (visa-free in 130 countries, baby!), for either honeymooning or doing business trips, I think it's best for her to obtain a Taiwanese passport and/or an American one. However, being a US citizen myself, I know how arduous and time-consuming the process is to getting citizenship via the marriage route. Thus, I am curious to how the same process is in Taiwan for a PRC national.
The goal is for her to be able to obtain an ROC passport and/or permanent residency in TW, in addition to a US green card/passport, with the eventual possibility of both of us obtaining citizenship in a third country (that doesn't require renunciation of previous citizenships) - all without me losing any of my passports. Even more ideally is the ability for her to return to China to see her family - I assume that this can be easily done with a 台胞證 of her own.