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.
Both the UK and China allow for the child to inherit nationality by jus sanguinis (descent from a citizen). There is a wrinkle in British Law that says that a child who inherited British nationality by descent cannot pass British nationality by descent himself (e.g. your grandchild will not be able to be British unless he acquires citizenship some other way), but this does not affect your child.
Under the Chinese Nationality Law, as a child born to a Chinese citizen (his mother), he has the right to acquire Chinese citizenship.
Under the British Nationality Law, as a child born to a British citizen who was born in the UK (his father), he has the right to acquire British citizenship. (Father and child would have to go to Consulate at a young age register the child; it would not be automatic.)
However, the Chinese Nationality Law forbids dual nationality, so you would have to choose.