僑居身分加簽 Overseas Chinese Identity Certificate


#1

I have a friend, born in the early '90s and lived in Canada for more than 20 years, now dual citizen. He wants to come back to work in Taiwan. He already has the Overseas Chinese Identity Certificate (僑居身分加簽) in his passport. It also seems he still has a household registry here although he’s not in communication with any relatives (he was adopted by Canadian parents).

Is he going to face draft if he comes back long term? Can he come on his Taiwanese passport and not get conscripted? The work he wants to do makes it hard to apply for a work permit if he uses his Canadian identity.

Thanks so much!


#2

Yes. He can only stay 183 days in Taiwan per year without being forced to serve. If he wants to stay in Taiwan to work AND avoid military conscription, he must renounce his nationality at an overseas mission (aka Taiwanese mission). It would be helpful if he has a contact in Taiwan to prepare some of this paperwork (no criminal history in Taiwan, no owed taxes in Taiwan, etc.)