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Claiming ROC Citizenship (Overseas Chinese)

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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Claiming ROC Citizenship (Overseas Chinese)

Postby earthsands » 09 Dec 2014, 16:58

Hey guys,

I am interested in applying for an ROC passport. I was not born in Taiwan or the ROC and for all intents and purposes, have no real links to the ROC/Taiwan. However, I did read on the ROC government's websites that an Overseas Chinese may apply for an ROC passport on the basis of an Overseas Chinese Identity Certificate which is issued to him on the basis of both his Chinese ethnicity and proof of ROC nationality (as an ROC National Without Household Registration). I believe that the law in respect of acquiring ROC nationality was changed in 2002 - prior to that, all ethnic Overseas Chinese (other than those in the People's Republic of China), were eligible to apply for ROC nationality on the basis of their Chinese ethnicity. The law providing for that luxury was amended in 2002.

As far as I know, my great grandfather was born in China back in the 1890s and my grandfather was born in Singapore in 1920. I have my grandfather's birth certificate from the British Singapore government which identifies my great grandfather's nationality as "Hokkien, China". I am thinking, will that listing in my grandfather's birth certificate be sufficient to establish a continuous claim to ROC nationality from my grandfather to my father and on to me and accordingly allow me to make a formal claim to ROC nationality?

Thanks so much guys.
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Re: Claiming ROC Citizenship (Overseas Chinese)

Postby Gryphon » 10 Dec 2014, 07:46

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have no real links to the ROC/Taiwan.

I believe the "Overseas Chinese" term applies to people that have parents are/were ROC/Taiwan nationals. Not just anybody of "Chinese" decent.
I could be wrong.
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Re: Claiming ROC Citizenship (Overseas Chinese)

Postby Icon » 10 Dec 2014, 09:23

Have a talk with the local TECO and Overseas Chinese association, see if they may have some more updated info. You first step is to be recognized as Overseas Compatriot. Go on from there. Even if you do not get nationality, there are other benefits.
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Re: Claiming ROC Citizenship (Overseas Chinese)

Postby earthsands » 10 Dec 2014, 21:00

Icon wrote:Have a talk with the local TECO and Overseas Chinese association, see if they may have some more updated info. You first step is to be recognized as Overseas Compatriot. Go on from there. Even if you do not get nationality, there are other benefits.


Thanks for the replies. I have spoken with the Taipei Representative Office in my home country but the answers provided weren't very clear.

I was also wondering if there is a clear and concise English resource (online or otherwise) as to how exactly ROC nationality is obtained (like an FAQ), e.g. Australian citizenship is gained by birth in Australia if either or both of the child's parents is/are an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Would anyone know if such a resource exists like the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website? I was reading the English translation of the ROC's Nationality Act on the ROC's Ministry of Justice's website (http://law.moj.gov.tw/Eng/LawClass/LawA ... e=D0030001) but the translation is not very clear.

Thanks so much, guys!
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