I’m hoping to get some reliable information to a question I hear conflicting answers to. The situation, in brief:
I’m 23, an Austrian citizen, living in Taipei. My Dad is Austrian. I was born to a Taiwanese mother in 1987. At the time, Taiwanese law was such that citizenship could only be passed on through the father, so initially I didn’t get Taiwanese citizenship at birth. My mom gave up her Taiwan citizenship and acquired Austrian citizenship when I was a preschooler.
I’ve been told that in 2000, the Taiwanese government changed the naturalization laws so that citizenship could be passed on through the mother, and made it retroactive for 20 years. This means that anyone born after 1980 to a Taiwanese father OR mother is eligible for citizenship. I’ve read the original of this law amendment myself, so I’m sure of its veracity.
But here’s the question: I’ve called different government offices several times about whether I can apply for citizenship or not and have gotten different replies. Some say I am eligible. Some tell me that even though the law does not specifically say so, it mainly applies to minors, under 20, and that since I am over 20 it would be very difficult , if not impossible.
How can I know for sure whether I can apply for Taiwanese citizenship or not? Should I consult a lawyer? If so, does anyone know of a good immigrations lawyer?