Nationality laws regulate the citizenship rights of women who marry, divorce, and have children. Historically, many nationality laws discriminated against women. The Qing Dynasty’s Nationality Law (1909) is but one example: Continue reading “Women Under the Qing Dynasty’s Nationality Law”
This article explains how parents can apply for an Exit and Entry Permit (出入境通行证 churujing tongxingzheng) on behalf of a dual nationality child. Our law firm can assist with the application and advise about other available options. Continue reading “Applying for a PRC Exit and Entry Permit for a Child with Dual Nationality”
Here’s an abstract of a forthcoming article in the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal by Norman P. Ho of the Peking University School of Transnational Law. Continue reading “Chinese Nationality Laws and Reconceptualizing Asian-American Identity”
Trying to impress my 8-year-old son, Jacob, I told him that I was quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal about how China’s national soccer team is seeking to recruit foreign players. His response: that was an odd choice by the Journal because dad knows nothing about soccer. Sigh. Continue reading “Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign Soccer Players (Quoting Gary Chodorow)”
China’s Nationality Law “is causing big headaches for the growing number of mixed-nationality families in China,” as recounted in Visa Complexity Vexes Parents of Dual Nationality Chinese Children (Los Angeles Times, Apr. 19, 2015). Continue reading “Immigration Issues for Dual Nationality Chinese Children”
The school year has just begun in Beijing. But for children of binational couples, it’s not too early to start thinking about immigration-related requirements for enrolling in Beijing international schools next year. In some cases, a child may need to renounce Chinese citizenship in order to become eligible for enrollment. Continue reading “Enrolling Binational Children in Beijing International Schools: Immigration Law Issues”
China’s Ministry of Public Security posted this appeal on its website: members of the public with knowledge of family residence registration (hukou) violations should report their tips to the public security bureau. This includes persons who have acquired foreign nationality but failed to cancel their hukou. Continue reading “Ministry of Public Security Encourages Whistleblowers to Report on Persons with Dual Nationality”
A child may acquire Chinese citizenship automatically upon birth to binational parents (one Chinese and one foreign). Dual nationality is not recognized under the Nationality Law. So a child who acquires Chinese citizenship at birth remains a Chinese citizen, in the PRC government’s view, even if he or she obtains a foreign passport. Thus, renunciation of PRC citizenship may in some cases be essential for the child to be recognized as a foreign national by the Chinese government for purposes such as attending an international school in China or obtaining a PRC visa. This article discusses the requirements and procedures for renunciation. Continue reading “Applying to Renounce Chinese Citizenship”
The Exit-Entry Administration of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau (PSB) has published a booklet outlining visa and residence permit requirements and procedures. Continue reading “Shanghai “Visa & Residence Permit Information” Booklet”
Statistic of the day: The city of Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, has a population of 1.2 million, but 0 naturalized citizens.
Foreigners seldom qualify for naturalization in China. But what’s the relationship between government policy and Chinese attitudes about whether foreigners should be eligible for citizenship? Continue reading “Chinese Attitudes about Granting Foreigners Citizenship: Data from the World Values Survey”
This series looks at shady Chinese agencies promoting U.S. birth tourism:
Source: China Web
Due to global integration and the day-by-day increase of Sino-foreign contacts, nationality problems are arising for Chinese citizens living in Mainland China . Some Mainland Chinese citizens qualify under foreign law to apply for or automatically acquire foreign citizenship (even if they have never been abroad) due to a foreign adoption, foreign marriage, or having foreign relatives. But Chinese law and regulations only recognize “automatic forfeiture of Chinese citizenship for Chinese citizens who are both settled abroad and voluntarily naturalize or acquire foreign citizenship.” Continue reading “Translation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release, “How Chinese Citizens Should Deal with Nationality Issues” (Apr. 14, 2008)”
American Chamber of Commerce-China is holds a Q&A with the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Exit-Entry Administration in Beijing on Aug. 14. It’s a good opportunity to ask questions about China’s new Exit-Entry Administration Law, passed June 30, and about the summer visa crackdown. This is a members-only, off-the-record event. RSVP, or if you can’t make it, let me know if you have questions to pose.
The Global Times “top news” section ran a story on June 27 asking whether foreigners are “devils or angels.” The story identifies a number of “angels” who have been rewarded with Chinese citizenship, but interestingly can’t point to one in the last 50 years. Continue reading “Global Times: “Foreign Devils or Angels””