getting a chinese passport/ visa to china question

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    getting a chinese passport/ visa to china question

    If you are born in hong kong, chinese, have a 3 star ID, but are also a canadian citizen, mainly live in canada, hold a canadian passport and you have to get a chinese passport, do you have to renounce your canadian citizenship to do so?

    my husband is trying to get a visa to visit china for a few days, in the past this hasn't been a problem, only took a couple of days, now he is told, since the olympics regulations are stricter and he can't get a regular tourist visa, such that I would get as a canadian tourist, but that he has to get a different type of visa, and he must have a chinese passport to do it, and for some reasons he has to do this because he is chinese and has a 3 star id card.

    It is a problem because he didn't know things had changed and we planned to go to china for a few days, but we are only there for a few weeks, while getting the passport and then the visa could take weeks to do. Also I am concerned what having a chinese passprot means as far as canadain citizenship goes, and whether they would expect him to renounce the canadian citizenship, which is 100% not an option!


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    To get a Chinese (mainland) passport he would have to renounce his Canadian Citizenship, but to get a HKSAR passport he would not, and a HKSAR passport would allow him to get the associated "travel to China as a HK Chinese" paperwork.

    I think, but I'm not absolutely sure, that his alternative would be to renounce his Chinese citizenship and become solely Canadian. I believe that he would then simply lose his three stars but still have right of abode in Hong Kong and wouldn't have this problem.

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    It sounds like your husband should be able to get a HKSAR passport (for Chinese citizens with HK right of abode), which also allows him to get a Home Return Permit (回鄉證/通行證) to go to mainland China.

    HK Chinese are allowed to have dual citizenship, so he can be regarded as Chinese in China, and use Chinese documents to enter China. He wouldn't have to renounce Canadian citizenship because he is already a Chinese citizen. You only have to renounce your previous citizenship if you are naturalizing to become a Chinese citizen, but he is already, so it is unnecessary.

    If he cannot get the home return permit, perhaps try applying for a visa with his Canadian passport at a Chinese foreign mission, it may or may not work, but if they do issue one he could use that to visit China. Did you try already?


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    I didn't realize there were different passprts for china and Hk, he would be getting the Hk one, so that makes more sense now. They wouldn't let him just use his canadian passprt, I'm not sure if it was becasue he had already showed his HK id card, or if by name you are already "in the system" as having the HK id card. I'll ask to see if he had told them he had an ID card. He is going to try to apply for a special case to speed it up, but who knows if they will go for that.


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    if you are only going once or twice, would it be a lot easier and less time consumer to apply for a china visa with your canadian passport, i believe it's not even that expensive ( HK$160/CA$23/US$21).
    if you was US citizen, it will cost you HK$1,050

    Processing time and visa fees (Hong Kong dollars in cash only)


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    You've completely missed the OPs point - the Chinese consulate has refused to issue him a visa in his Canadian passport on the grounds that he is a Chinese citizen.