Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign Soccer Players (Quoting Gary Chodorow)

china soccer fansTrying 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)”

Enrolling Binational Children in Beijing International Schools: Immigration Law Issues

Chalk BoardThe 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”

Ministry of Public Security Encourages Whistleblowers to Report on Persons with Dual Nationality

hukouChina’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”

Applying to Renounce Chinese Citizenship

中国退籍证书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”