Children with Dual Nationality
Posted 17 July 2006 - 01:19 PM
But I have also read (can’t remember where), that when Chinese citizens take up the nationality of another country, they must renounce their Chinese citizenship – and vice versa.
Does anyone have experience with this situation? Is it legitimate, from the Chinese point of view, for the child to have both passports? Should I ensure that Chinese officials don’t see both passports at once?
Any advice about travelling with a half-half child would be appreciated!
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Posted 17 July 2006 - 04:36 PM
Article 9 of the PRC Nationality Law states that any PRC citizen who "obtains citizenship of a foreign country automatically loses his or her PRC citizenship."
However, what the British Embassy website suggests might just work because there's no requirement to tell the Chinese government when one obtains another country's citizenship. If they don't know, I don't see how they can revoke a person's Chinese citizenship. I don't know how this automatic loss of citizenship measure is enforced. If your child uses a UK passport when entering or leaving China, my guess is that they won't be able to check his/her name against a database to find that he/she is a Chinese citizen, as well. So maybe this is one of those things that works on an "honor" system, more or less.
Posted 17 July 2006 - 05:48 PM
Nationality Law of China in English -> http://www.immd.gov...._4_1_natlaw.htm
Renunciation of Chinese Nationality -> http://www.immd.gov....tionality_5.htm
I think it is that if you have Chinese nationality, unless you have renounced it, you will be treated as Chinese in China even if you have another passport. Not sure, though.
Posted 17 July 2006 - 06:30 PM
AFAIK traditionally the Chinese government follows the principle of ius sanguinis, so even children having Chinese blood (from the father - so having the family name of the father) born not in China would be automatically be a Chinese citizen.
As an example:
People with Chinese blood (from the father) born in Indonesia must refute their Chinese citizenship before taking the Indonesian citizenship.
If the Chinese blood is from the mother - so the child doesn't have a Chinese family name - CMIIW the rule doesn't apply.
Posted 17 July 2006 - 08:30 PM
Having said that, I'm as foreign as foreign can be, so don't have any direct experience.
Posted 18 July 2006 - 10:48 AM
I guess that as long as you are consistent with which passport you enter-leave China, then things will go smoothly.
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