Article 9 of the Rep. of China (Taiwan) Nationality Act, provides that --
A foreign national who applies for nationalization according to Article 3 to Article 7 shall provide the certification of his/her loss of previous nationality. But if he/she alleges he/she can' t obtain the certification for causes not attributable to him/her and foreign affairs authorities investigate and determine that this is true, then he/she needs not to provide the certification.
Hence, as we know, when a US citizen applies to become naturalized as an ROC citizen, he/she must renounce his/her US citizenship.
I have some Taiwanese friends who are in touch with Dept. of State (DOS) officials, (in fact they tell me that their DOS contacts are higher than those of anyone in the DPP or KMT). They continually repeat that DOS officials are adamant that ROC/Taiwan is not a country, and not sovereign.
My reply is that "That is fine, but when American citizens want to assure themselves of long-term residence rights, work rights, public participation rights, etc., in Taiwan and begin the process to become naturalized ROC citizens, why does DOS allow them to renounce their American citizenship? Isn't that effectively making them 'stateless,' since the Republic of China does not exist as a country??"
Well, my friends said they were unaware of this. They asked me to collect details.
Hence, if anyone could provide details of US citizens who have actually gone through this procedure, that would be appreciated.
I assume that during the entire process, there must be some need to state WHY one wants to renounce US citizenship. The answer would of course be that this is REQUIRED under the provisions of the Republic of China Nationality Act.
I assume that in the end, some official paperwork is also issued to confirm that the US citizenship has been renounced.
Obviously, copies of any documents given to me, or any statements/depositions given to me will be held in strict confidence.
I think it would be good if the US government could come out and say that "renunciation of US citizenship in order to be naturalized in the Rep. of China" is not allowed.
But, I will need to collect some relevant paperwork to get the wheels rolling. My email contact address is as below. Thank you.