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Dual Nationality

 What is dual nationality?

 Answer: It is a way that allows a citizen to have two nationalities of both his motherland and another country at the same time.

 Is dual nationality admitted in the world?

 Answer: Many countries and regions in the world admit and respect it, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia. Most countries do not think that a citizen will lose his nationality of his homeland if he succeeds in gaining another country's nationality.

 Does China admit dual nationality?

 Answer: China does not recognize dual nationality. The Article 3 of China Nationality Law holds that the country will not admit the dual nationality of a Chinese citizen. Moreover, the Article 9 of that law declares that as soon as a Chinese takes a foreign citizenship, he will automatically lose his Chinese citizenship.

 Why does China refuse to recognize dual nationality?

 Answer: There are mainly two reasons to set up a nationality regulation that is totally different from that of many other countries in the world.
First, Chinese Nationality Law has its special historical background. After 1949, many doubts and troubles were caused in some countries especially those in Southeast Asia by a lot of overseas Chinese with dual citizenship. It was a misunderstanding but did harm to the ties between China and some countries.
Second, unique nationality is in consideration of the loyalty of a citizen to his country and the administration of citizens. And it is easier for precise judgment in law cases.

 Who can be regarded as a Chinese citizen?
 Answer: Anyone having any of the following characteristics is regarded as a citizen of China:
1. Persons belonging to any of the nationalities in China;
2. Any person born in China whose parents are both Chinese nationals or one of whose parents is a Chinese national;
3. Any person born abroad whose parents are both Chinese nationals, or one parent who is a Chinese national;
4. Any person born in China whose parents are stateless, or of uncertain nationality, and have settled in China.

 Is it easy to apply for a Chinese citizenship?

 Answer: To be honest, it is quite hard. However, if you want to stay in China for a long time, you can try to apply for an Aliens' Permanent Residence. As for the details about its requirements, please refer to our Permanent Residence Permit page.

- Last modified on Aug. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Dual Nationality
Asked by Ryan from CHINA | Aug. 04, 2019 03:38Reply
Chinese citizen with British passport
My Chinese wife is due to have our first child next year, and as we spend most of the time in China, we have decided that Chinese citizenship may be best. However, I’d like to know whether he/she can also hold a British passport because his father is British.

Many thanks,
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily from ICELAND | Aug. 04, 2019 20:50

No, it is not allowed.
Asked by Matthias Vancent from UK | Jul. 29, 2019 00:40Reply
Hi there. If a person has dual nationality but NOT Chinese (e.g French and German)
should they declare it on their visa application, and if they do, will the visa be refused?
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Answered by Skyler from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 30, 2019 22:38

Yes, as I know, you are suggested to declare it on their visa application. Generally speaking, it won't influence the result of application.
Asked by Timothy Wei from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 11, 2019 06:20Reply
Can a CN citizen obtain Australian Permanent Residency and still retain their CN citizenship?
For example, If you're a Chinese national who moved abroad and eventually obtaining Australian Permanent Residency. Do you still keep your Chinese Citizenship?

If so, Are there any conditions? like do they require you to return back home every few years? or do you need to inform the Chinese immigration department?
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Answered by Day from CANADA | Jun. 11, 2019 19:19

China does not recognize dual nationality. If you don't join in the Australian nationality, it will be ok. In addition, you need to inform the Chinese immigration department.
Asked by E.G. from USA | Apr. 24, 2019 15:38Reply
Iraqi & USA Dual Citizenship Seeking Business Visa for China
Are there any special requirements for someone who holds dual citizenship in Iraq and USA in order to obtain a business Chinese visa? Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Answers (1)
Answered by Oliver from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 24, 2019 19:33

There is no other special requirements. In the United States, you need to apply with an American passport. In Iraq, you need to apply with an Iraqi passport.
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