BillCollins wrote:Cut a long story short: I am Irish, my wife is Chinese and our son was born in and spent most of his 15 months in China. I am in Taiwan right now and they are coming to join me in two weeks, to live here.
My son has an Irish passport and a China "travel document". Chinese government officials refuse to put a visa in his Irish passport, on the basis that he is Chinese.
Hong Kong border guards accepted the Irish passport and I would guess Taiwanese should probably do the same. But I still wonder if there is a possibility that Taiwan immigration officials could reject his Irish passport, like in the way the PRC officials do? I guess Its unlikely right?
We will be applying for his visitor visa in the Lippo centre in Hong Kong.
BillCollins wrote:Thanks for the advice. I guess fr now we will apply for the visitor visa in Hong Kong and if they refuse it we can go for a landing visa on the Irish passport. We should always have the option to do a visa run and come back in on the exit entry permit later.
I haven't looked into it but I thought that things should be more straight forward if he is on an ARC. I am wary of being put into some kind of unworkable bureaucratic bind if he comes in as Chinese. We have already been through some catch 22s on that front in China. But you are right, I guess I should at least consider the exit entry permit route too.
BillCollins wrote:I hear ya but we are going to aim for the visitor visa to ARC route first. We can still go back and do the exit -entry permit if it goes wrong and he winds up with a landing visa. Also if the ARC route works out, we still have the option to apply for Taiwan ROC nationality by naturalization in future. But right now we want to keep it simple and there are way too many hurdles with the Chinese nationality route, so we will only go down that road if we are forced to. I'll tell you how it works out with the visitor visa in a couple of weeks.
hsinhai78 wrote:OK, please keep us updated. Too many times people ask for things and don't post the result.
Your son will not be eligible for naturalisation as he is a national already, he will need to establish household registration and then all the years he has spent on an ARC as a foreigner won't count. Sucks but that's the way it is..
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