I’m a 30 something American Born Chinese female born to 2 Taiwanese American naturalized parents.
My parents have been pushing me to get my Taiwanese citizenship. I would love to get this, but I am finding a lack of uniform consistent clear information on the Internet about the process.
The closest thing to transparent information I could find was this blog: Becoming Taiwanese (Part Two): Applying for Residency — Chloe Chows
I have done “Step 1” in Chloe’s blog. I have a Taiwanese passport.
I guess my question is:
- As outlined by Chloe, I am on “step 2”. I need to apply for residency. Say I fly to Taiwan from the United States and arrive in Taiwan on January 1st, 2024 as day 1. I understand that I need to enter the country using the Taiwanese passport. Does the 365 day residency start counting the day I enter the country? Or is it the day I am issued a Taiwan Area Resident Certificate (TARC)?
- On her list of required documents, and also outlined in an email sent to me by Washington DC Teco today that I will copy paste on the bottom, I need to submit an FBI background check. My concern is that these FBI background checks are only good for 6 months from issue. What is the most efficient way to get this background check done?
- Is it best to do the FBI background check right before leaving the US for Taiwan?
- And am I correct in understanding that on the FBI web site, we should ask for a paper copy to be sent to Washington TECO rather than our home addresses in the US, because I would already be in Taiwan and have no way of forwarding the letter to Washington DC?
- On Chloe’s blog, she lists also that this is needed: “Marriage certificate (TECO authenticated and translated): also need TECO authenticated foreign spouse’s name declaration”
Is she talking about my parents’ marriage certificate or my marriage certificate? I have never been married.
Chloe’s blog also states that this is needed: “Copy of Taiwanese parent’s household registration if available (will be issued by the specific local household registry office where your family is registered) - needs to have your parent’s marriage registered”. My parents never registered their marriage in Taiwan. https://www.ait.org.tw/marriage/ . This web site states
" You can register your marriage at any HHR office. The couple must go to the HHR office with passports, ARC (if applicable), and a prepared written marriage agreement between the two parties which has already been signed by two adult witnesses (witnesses do not need to appear at the HHR office). Download a sample marriage agreement. (PDF 122 KB)"
So my parents have to go to Taiwan to register their marriage then?
Is there a professional lawyer or someone I can ask about all these questions?
"Here is the email Washington DC TECO office emailed me today regarding my FBI background check validation:
- 5 to 7 working days. Forward the original FBI email to our office ( email@example.com ), Forward Pin# email from FBI to us .
- Complete a copy of the Document Certification Application Form .
- A photocopy of the basic data page of a valid U.S. passport. If you have a passport from the Republic of China, please also provide a photocopy. Applicants who hold a non-U.S. valid passport, please attach a copy of the visa green card.
- An original copy of the FBI non-criminal record issued directly by the FBI (must be sealed and cannot be opened). How to apply for FBI no criminal record (or criminal record), please refer to the US FBI website .
- The FBI no criminal record email issued directly by the FBI can directly print out the FBI no criminal record. And forward the original FBI email to the office email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), and attach the pin code for verification.
- However, if it is an FBI-approved Channeler issued by a private company authorized by the FBI, since it is not directly issued by the FBI, such a channeler must be verified by the US State Department and then sent to this office for verification.
- The English name of the FBI with no criminal record must be consistent with the English name on the passport. If the English name is inconsistent or the surname and first name are reversed, a new application is required.
- If you need to verify the Chinese translation of the FBI’s non-criminal record, please complete the translation in detail (no excerpts or excerpts are allowed). Declare that the translated content is true, or send it to a local notary or competent authority in the consular jurisdiction for notarization, certification or verification, and then send it to this office for verification; the parties can also only verify the English version of the FBI no criminal record at this office, and then translate it in detail by themselves The Chinese translation shall be verified by a notary or civil notary at the notary office of the court when it is returned to Taiwan.
- If you want to entrust the office to return the documents by mail: please prepare a self-addressed envelope with the recipient’s name and address, affixed enough stamps, and attach it with the application.
- The verification fee is $15 per copy. You can choose to pay by cash, money order (Money Order) or cashier’s check (Cashier’s Check). Please fill in TECRO for the payee. Personal Checks are not accepted.
- If it is processed by mail and needs to be sent back to Taiwan by this office, it is recommended to use prepaid DHL, FedEx, UPS, and then please paste the Label on the envelope and send it to this office together with the documents. If you want to send it back to Taiwan by USPS Express, you can purchase a USD money order of US$76 (please adjust according to the USPS rate), and send it to this office together with the documents. (The office is only entrusted with the mail, and will not be responsible for damage or loss during the delivery)
- 5 to 7 working days."
Thanks in advance!! I’m very overwhelmed and would appreciate any guidance.