[quote=“DJLyons”]I am a British citizen and my partner and myself have just had a child born in Taiwan. My partner is Taiwanese and we have been living in Australia for last two years. We are not married but plan to do so over the next year. I am not on my daughters birth certificate as apparently unmarried fathers cannot put their name on the birth certificate! I have tried to find the law that states unmarried fathers cannot put their name on birth certificates but I cannot find anything, I’m just going off hearsay and what the doctors and nurses say, no one has given me any hard evidence.
I suspect that this issue will cause a problem in getting a British passport for my daughter! I will call the British embassy in Taipei and ask for direction.
Can anyone give me any advice on my situation?[/quote]
Previously the British “Embassy” In Taipei stopped dealing with passports, and it became necessary to apply direct to the Hong Kong Embassy. Now it looks like all applications must be done direct to the UK Passport Office, see gov.uk/government/publicati … a-passport.
The problem for you is that before issuing your daughter’s passport, they will likely want to see a birth certificate.
I am not sure how this leaves you, but here is a potentially useful idea: There is a statement that can be signed in front of a Notary in Taiwan in which the mother recognises you as the legitimate father of the child, and this could be used to get you on the Family Registration. The Family Registration document (after legalization and translation) may be acceptable to the British Passport Office.
So you will need to get your partner on board to help you with the Taiwanese paperwork.