Some thoughts on the website
Household Registration - was it adopted from Germany and not the Chinese system ?
Anyone with documentable Chinese ancestry may obtain an Overseas Chinese Passport - doesn’t this mean Taiwanese Chinese ancestry (i.e. not mainlanders) ?
For Type II citizens with direct relatives in the Taiwan area - meaning Taiwanese Chinese direct relatives - not aliens, for example if my PRC wife could obtain an Overseas Passport as above in (2) then she could apply for HH registration on this basis - I doubt it.
The ROC does not respect the right to family life, indeed it is happy to split up families on the basis of race - hardly in keeping with the UN Charter or Declaration on HR, totally contrary to the EU Declaration of Human Rights, and the European legislation which led to the enactment of the Human Rights Act in the UK.
Citizens without right of abode are not really citizens. Republics were established to get away from the ideas of obligations without rights, and the idea that men enjoy differing levels of privilege dependant on the patronage of the Crown. Whatever happened to “Liberte, Egalite, Pornographe!” or “No Taxation without Representation!” Furthermore naturalised “citizens” who are prevented from taking part in political life are not citizens either.
If Taiwan does not consider itself bound to look after the basic human rights of aliens in its territory, this fact should be made known to potential travellers. The information provided to travellers by the US State Department or the FCO in London should reflect this, and representation should be made to their representatives in Taiwan. The ROC appears to feel that because of the absence of diplomatic relations, the words “Please don’t shit on our citizens” which are written on the inside of each passport (including the ROC one) are meaningless. So you’d like to rejoin the UN ?
Chinese nationals from the PRC who have direct relatives in the Taiwan area. Please elaborate - this is interesting.
The Nationality Law. Art 2 - a naturalised person “belongs to the nationality of the ROC”
Art 4 - an alien who has been the ROC (note not “Taiwan”) for 5 years may be naturalised
Art 4 - spouse of an ROC citizen = 3 years
Art 4 - person born in the ROC = 3 years (does Shanghai count?)
Art 10 - a naturalised alien is a second (or possibly third) class citizen
Art 11 - a citizen of the ROC whose spouse is an alien is deprived of his citizenship. Eh ?
Art 14 - but if the spouse would be left stateless, he can have his ROC nationality back again
Art 18 - but can’t hold certain public offices for 3 years, just like a naturalised citizen
So it’s a balls.
British Nationality Law
British Subjects in the UK or colonies until 1947. Come and go as you please - right of abode wherever you like.
1948 Citizen of the UK and Colonies (CUKC) and British Protected Person and British Subjects Without Citizenship introduced.
1965-71 British passport no longer means right of abode in UK
British Nationality Act 1981 (implemented 1 Jan 83) CUKC abolished, those CUKCs with right of abode in the UK now British Citizens. Colonial CUKCs become British Dependent Territories Citizens (no right of abode in UK), other CUKCs become British Overseas Citizens (no right of abode).
1983 Falkland Islanders (white) become full British Citizens.
1985 Hong Kongers (yellow) previously BDTCs become British Nationals (Overseas) if they want (many already had better quality citizenship) (no right of anything not even residence in HK which is decided by the number of stars on your ID card - as I remember, 1 for alien residents, 3 for a PR, and 5 if you were born there. Certain Indians who had 5 stars had neither British, Indian, nor Chinese citizenship, and were stateless - the British Government and the Indian Government finally thrashed this out and the result was the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997 - they became full British Citizens)
Now we have six:
British Citizens - right of abode in UK
BDTCs - not many left, no right of abode
British Overseas Citizens - not many left either (no right of abode)
British Nationals Overseas - completely useless toilet roll substitute
British Protected Persons - from the old protectorates, didn’t tend to be very well protected
British Subjects - pointless category, mainly poor sods who didn’t become either CUKCs, or Pakistanis or Indians.
So you can see the thing to be is a British Citizen. In the same fashion as some kinds of ROC nationality, if you can manage to somehow get into Britain and stay long enough, you can become a British Citizen by registration. It is possible to have a British Passport, be in Britain, but not be able to work or get benefits. You can vote, though. Any British, Irish, or Commonwealth citizen can vote.
Unlike the ROC scenario, once naturalised, a British Citizen is a British Citizen, and has full rights under the law. This is contrasted with Ireland, where a citizen who becomes so by Post-nuptial Declaration, cannot then after divorcing the Irish spouse from whom the naturalisation was derived, enable a new alien spouse to make a Post-nuptial Declaration. I digress.
If you are married to a British Citizen. Stay in Britain for 3 years, don’t be absent for more than 270 days in all and not more than 90 days in the final year, don