Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas

hong-kong-canadaSeveral media outlets reported this week on two teenagers who applied for mainland Chinese visas in Toronto but were denied. The Chinese Consulate did not explain the denials, but apparently the reason was that although the teenagers were born in Canada and hold Canadian passports, they had acquired Chinese nationality at birth through their parents born in Hong Kong, so should travel on Chinese travel documents. Continue reading “Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas”

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”

Choosing Between U.S. and Chinese Citizenship: Pros and Cons

Are you in a position where you need to choose between U.S. and Chinese citizenship? For example, are you a U.S. green card holder from China considering applying for naturalization in the U.S.? Or are you a person who automatically acquired both Chinese and U.S. citizenship at birth but is now considering renouncing Chinese citizenship? The below table lists some specific factors to consider. Continue reading “Choosing Between U.S. and Chinese Citizenship: Pros and Cons”

Translation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release, “How Chinese Citizens Should Deal with Nationality Issues” (Apr. 14, 2008)

Chinese-English-TranslationSource: 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)”