Not sure if I qualify for a NWOHR Passport

Howdy! My name is Michael and I wanted to know if I potentially qualify for a ROC NWOHR Passport. Here is my situation.

a) My mother was a PRC citizen at the time of my birth and naturalized as a US citizen two months later.

b) My father was born in the US, was a US citizen at the time of my birth, and always has been.

c) My mother and father were never married to each other, but I have been acknowledged/legitimated by a court of competent jurisdiction in the US.

From my understanding of ROC nationality law, the ROC regards all PRC citizens to be ROC citizens as well and persons born abroad to PRC citizens would therefore technically be ROC citizens and qualify for a NWOHR passport; or am I understanding this incorrectly?

Thank you.

Did your mom ever have an ROC ID card?


Also, wanted to add that I was born in the 90s, since I believe there is some cutoff date for persons born out of wedlock acquiring nationality through only the mother.

Someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure you have zero claim to a NWOHR passport. Your mom is communist Chinese, not Taiwanese, or ROC.

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You may check some laws and instructions.

PRC citizens are not foreigners, but to change their status to ROC citizens, they should be allowed to reside Taiwan for a certain period with a certain reason before they get their ROC citizenship.

Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area

Enforcement Rules for the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area居留/

Some links in the above thread may be relevant too.

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I’ve heard the same thing. But I can’t seem to recall the source. It might’ve just been Wikipedia. From what I remember reading, what matters is that you don’t currently live in the PRC. The fact that your mum did shouldn’t be an issue. Again, I might be wrong.

I’m also interested in this question, though I don’t think my chances are very good. All my great grandparents were born in the Qing empire (and everyone left between 3 and 4 generations ago). I was advised, in another thread, to call my nearest TECO - which I haven’t had the chance to since I’m not even living in my country of citizenship right now.

I haven’t checked Wikipedia, but they might refer to the old version of the following law.

Overseas Compatriot Identity Certification Act

they revised it in 2015.

Article 3
This Act applies to Republic of China (“ROC”) nationals who reside in a foreign country, provided that it does not apply to persons with Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau residency status, or persons holding passports issued by Mainland China region.

And iirc, they changed regulations to issue passport not to accept certain types of Overseas Compatriot Identity Certificates as a proof of ROC nationality.

Fyi old regulation


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