I’ve run some Google searches and pretty much read every relavent thread in the Dual Nationality forum but I haven’t quite found an answer to my specific circumstance. As such, I’d appreciate any help/answers you fine folks can offer.
Let me give a brief on my situation:
I was born in Taiwan but emigrated to the United States when I was about two years old. After some time, my parents naturalized and I was naturalized along with them. Like many others, I have both a US passport and an ROC passport. When I renewed my ROC passport this past year, we also had it stamped to indicate that I am a naturalized US citizen. I imagine this was also done to indicate that I was therefore excused from Taiwanese military service. In either case, it didn’t matter since I have no plans to move back to Taiwan.
Now, the reason why I renewed my passport was in hopes of applying for a TaiBaoZheng. I’m currently working in Shanghai, China with a Z-visa on my US passport. Keenly aware of how incredibly annoying and expensive obtaining a Chinese visa can be, I’m looking into securing a TaiBaoZheng to make things easier on myself in the long-run. From what I’ve gathered (and feel free to correct me on this) off Google searches and this blessed forum of puns is that the TaiBaoZheng allows me to legally enter and exit China much like a PRC citizen, legally work (no need for an employment license, permit, and Z visa), and legally stay as long as I want. I still need to register where I live, however, but otherwise, it is much more advantageous than the usual visas non-Chinese citizens usually have to use.
Next week, I’m scheduled to meet with my parents in Taipei to sort out our “hukou” and ID issues before we hand off my ROC passport to a travel agency to take care of the TaiBaoZheng. I’ll be arriving November 28th and staying until December 3rd where I return to Shanghai. I cannot stay longer due to work. Hence, the following questions:
What passport do I leave China with? My US passport that contains my current Residence Permit (which allows unlimited entry and exit while it is valid until early next year)?
I’m told I need to enter Taiwan with my ROC passport to get the entry stamp in order to sort out the “hukou” and ID matters. However, if I’m leaving my ROC passport with an agency to get my TaiBaoZheng, it won’t be ready before I must return to Shanghai. Therefore, if upon departing Taiwan with my US passport, will anyone care that it does not have an entry stamp?
If upon returning to China with my US passport, will anyone care that it does not have an entry stamp into Taiwan but does have an exit stamp from Taiwan?
Once the TaiBaoZheng is ready on my ROC passport, should I have them mail it to me in China? I’m not particularly confident of the mail service in China, especially if it is coming from Taiwan. Should I opt to have them mail it to my parents in the United States and then have my parents mail it to me? I recall reading about mail coming from Taiwan being stamped with some “Taiwan in the UN” stamp that is pissing off the mainlanders and resulting in recipients having to sign a denouncement or something ridiculous. I prefer not to do that.
Once I have a TaiBaoZheng, I’m uncertain how it affects my situation in China. Do I need to enter WITH it in order for its benefits to legally affect me, thereby allowing me to stay without limit, legally work, etc. etc.? Or does simple possession of a TaiBaoZheng grant me such benefits? I need to know if I need to exit China and re-enter with the TaiBaoZheng once I receive it from the travel agency.
As you can see, a bit of a complex problem with many different issues requiring wise answers. Thanks in advance.
Oh, and my British friend will be joining me to check out the nightlife in Taipei over that weekend as well. If any of you can help me with these questions, I’ll be more than happy to buy you a drink if you’re in Taipei and up for partying as well! Haha! Hey, these questions are killing me and it’s the least I could do, right?