... c. United States Does Not Recognize Assertion of Sovereignty: Historically, there are circumstances in which the United States does not recognize the annexation of territory by another country. When this occurs, the Department will provide specific guidance to passport authorizing officers and the 7 FAM 1300 Appendix D will be amended accordingly. Do not enter in the passport the name of any independent country listed as place of birth on a passport application or birthplace evidence whose incorporation into another nation is not recognized by the United States as the country of birth.
That has to be the stupidest thing I have ever read in a Government document.
If I write Columbia as place of birth, then the State Department can't enter it because the independent country Columbia's "incorporation into another nation has not been recognized by the US"!
I think the author meant to say "Do no enter as the country of birth the name of any State whose incorporation of a territory is not recognized by the United States."
After all, the original statement does not fit well with the example on p.5:
For Example: The United States never recognized the annexation of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia by the U.S.S.R. The United States did not authorize entry of “U.S.S.R” or the “Soviet Union” as a place of birth name in a U.S. passport for a person born in Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia, even if the evidence of birth listed U.S.S.R.
Here, the USSR was the annexor State, and Latvia, Lituania, Estonia were the annexees. A person born in any of the latter three places cannot write 'USSR' as his/her place of birth, because the incorporation was not recognized by the USA.
TaiwanTeacher wrote:In reagrds to Taiwan, was Taiwan a former country that is "recognized as having been incorporated into another nation" for people born between 1895 and 1945??
If my reworked version is on the right track, the fact that 'China' is a permisslble option suggests that the incorporation of Taiwan by China is recognized by the USA.
TaiwanTeacher wrote:On Page 44
United States citizens born abroad may list the city or town, rather than the country, of their birth in United States passports when there is an objection to the country listing as established by the Department of State.
Oddly enough, my daughter's US Passport reads:
Place of birth: TAIWAN
Does this mean that Taiwan is now a "city or town", or that it is a "country", or was it a country that was incorporated into another nation?
None of the above.
In the document, the US expressly denies the Statehood of Taiwan on top of p.9.
It is not regarded as a 'city or town' either; in fact, on p.9, it is shown that the Taiwanese-born applicant has three options: 1. Taiwan 2. China 3. city of birth.
(e) The city of birth only option (7 FAM 1380 Appendix D) is an available alternative.