Naturalization as a chinese national for hong kong

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    Naturalization as a chinese national for hong kong

    I am a Filipino of chinese descent. Both my parents are chinese however only my father has the roa in hong kong as he was born there and has lived their through his early childhood.

    I know that i cant acquire chinese nationality because my father settled abroad at the time of my birth(1986) how ever it is stated that people who are direct relatives of chinese citizens can apply for naturalization.

    Will I be able to apply for naturalization and aquire the roa with out having to have to stay for a period of 7 years? I don't mind renouncing my Filipino citizenship as it really has no use for me.

    Please advise. Thanks.


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    I believe you would have to apply for ROA or RTL first and once that is granted you may apply for naturalization. I don't think you can apply for naturalization unless you are legally resident in China (and probably not while you are subject to conditions of stay - i.e. don't have RTL / ROA).


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    I doubt they will grant you Chinese citizenship even with RTL. I remember reading the reference guide for naturalisation, it mentions that your application will be considered depending on whether or not you have ROA , if your habitual residence is in Hong Kong , if you have a steady job , if most of your immediate family is in Hong Kong , etc.

    When I got my RTL , I asked the immigration officer if I could obtain Chinese citizenship and he told me I would need to live in Hong Kong for seven years and renounce my Canadian citizenship. I think if you have lived in Hong Kong for a few years, have a steady job and perhaps married to a Hong Kong Permanent Resident, they may grant you Chinese citizenship. By the looks of it , it's purely discretional and based on the decision of the immigration officer. You would have to satisfy the immigration officer that you intend to stay in Hong Kong for good and that you have significant ties with Hong Kong other than just ancestry.

    I think if they grant you Chinese nationality before you have lived in Hong Kong for seven years, you will have the right of abode because your father already had this status before you were born. If a person renounced his Chinese nationality and left Hong Kong and never came back for more than 36 months, he would only have RTL. If he resumes his Chinese nationality, he will be given ROA again because one of his parents had ROA at the time he/she was born. I read this on the reference guide for resuming Chinese nationality.

    Last edited by Aritaurus; 02-09-2008 at 02:02 PM.

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    Hi mylesdj,

    Are you still planning to become a naturalized chinese?


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    Quote Originally Posted by belle2011:
    Hi mylesdj,

    Are you still planning to become a naturalized chinese?
    Yes. I am thinking about it. Would u know there are prerequisites required for applying for naturalization?

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    mylesdj,

    I know 2 filipino citizens of chinese descent who have lived in HK for over 7 years. They now have 2 passports: the HK and the Phil. They did not have to naturalized because they were able to supply documentation that it was because one or both parents became a naturalized Filipino when they were still of minor age.
    I don't know how u became Filipino, so i can't say for sure.