| This page is primarily intended for
those couples who, having had a baby in China, now want
to register the birth.
Please regard this as possibly the most important decision
you will ever take for your infants life and future
prospects. This page is basically about what Nationality
your child will officially be, as shown by their passport
Welcome to: A Can of worms!
1. This page will presume you are a
western foreign male married to a Chinese Mainland wife.
She has just given birth to your child.
If these are not your precise circumstances, then please
interpolate, and regardless - seek advice from as many
diverse sources as possible.
a. Your child can either be Chinese
or a full National of your home Country.
b. If you take your home Country citizenship
for them - then they will continually be subject to
the same absurd Chinese visa regulations and bi-monthly
changes in policy with no advance warning + inflated
charges ... that you currently endure.
c. If you decide upon Chinese citizenship
- then the child will have no stupid visa problems (like
you are probably subject to already?), and drop straight
into the Chinese education system; but may have difficulties
leaving China in the future.
1. There is no option for joint citizenship;
therefore your child is either Chinese, or your Nationality.
2. Being actually born in Hong Kong
(Or Macao) opens many securely locked doors.
You need to answer the following questions before committing
pen to paper, and deciding your child's Nationality
i. In which Country will you be physically
living in for the next 24 years (Arbitrary age of leaving
ii. In which Country will your child
be mainly resident in, as an adult in future life? (This
is all about parents plans for the later life of their
children, and it is very important for them).
Register The Birth in China or Home
A. What happens if your Chinese visa
is renewed, but your child's is not?
B. What happens if your Child's visa
is renewed, but yours is not?
You will not have any of these problems if you register
your child as a Chinese National - giving you plan to
live permanently in China.
a. The other side of this dilemma then
centres upon two things:
i. Chinese Government permission for them to leave China
ii. Your home government's permission for them to visit
b. Your child's children will most
likely have to be born in your home country to have
automatic citizenship rights, otherwise it reverts to
them being Chinese, or a matter for the country in which
they were actually born in. China may not recognise
Take your time to seriously consider which option is
best, as time is not your problem. China allows up to
2 years for the registration of the Birth; whilst home
country is likely to be at least 6-months.
Register the Birth as Chinese
Pretty simple and straight forward. Your wife and her
family will know how to do this, and basically all that
is required is the child's Birth Certificate and the
Family Book + appropriate Identity Documents.
Once your child's name is entered into the Family Book,
the process is complete. Later they will have to apply
for a Chinese Passport, etc; as required - and as in
your own home country of course.
Register the Birth as British
(Or your home Country)
If you decide to take your home Nationality for the
baby, then remember that you will also need to get them
a passport and visa for China immediately!
1. Register the Birth with your Home
Country. This is a full and separate process. This takes
between 6 and 9 months to complete.
2. You will have to physically take
your baby outside of China in order to get their visa
to enter China. You will need a special document obtainable
from the PSB (Police or Public Security Bureau). This
may be very easy, or extremely difficult. It is called
'one-time Exit Visa/Permit'. If it is not easy, then
allow at least 3-months for this to be granted = Officially
recognising the Child is not Chinese.
3. Once outside of Chinese borders,
you can then take them back to your home Country, and
apply for a visa for them to go to China (Obviously
you will need a passport for them before you can apply,
and you cannot apply for this until they have become
a citizen of your home Country of course).
There is a lot more to this of course, so please see
a reply about this general subject, as supplied by the
British Consulate in Guangzhou, dated 4th January 2010.
The Consulate gave excellent information and support,
which also included the application form and current
Reply to my email (Lightly edited for personal reasons
Form: 'Birth Certificate or First Passport for Child'
Birth - A lot to
consider here for mixed-race couples!
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