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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 Nov. 25, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Dual Nationality
Asked by David from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 25, 2020 07:20Reply
both parent Filipino citizen but i was bon in china
both my parents are Filipino citizens but i was born in Beijing do i have some privilege to go to china ..or is it easy for me to obtain Visa ? thank you
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Answered by Chana | Nov. 26, 2020 17:38

You are also Filipino citizen, right? If yes, you still need to apply for the visa. Generally speaking, it won't be difficult.
Asked by Orem Frien from UNITED STATES | Nov. 20, 2020 05:52Reply
Are there other markers of Chinese identity that can be passed if citizenship cannot be?
Hi. So, I (an American and Spanish citizen) was speaking with my wife (a Chinese citizen) about future progeny. Given that China forbids dual nationality and we live in the United States, it makes sense to let my child inherit my nationalities and not her Chinese nationality. However, she believes that as a former resident of Beijing, she has a residency permit or similar that she can pass to our children. Can anyone provide clarity on any of the following: (1) What this document is. (2) Whether it can be passed down to children born outside of China. (3) How to register such documents?
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Answered by Tracy | Nov. 26, 2020 17:39

No, I am afraid not. China doesn't accept dual nationality.
Asked by Michael from CHINA | Sep. 26, 2020 19:28Reply
UK/Chinese children
I have a British passport and I am currently living and working in China (and will be for the foreseeable future). I am married to a Chinese woman and we are planning on having a child. I have looked online but found no clear answers so, can anyone tell me if we were to have a baby what nationality would it be legally allowed to have? I also read that certain benefits (milk allowance etc.) can be given from the UK (I find this hard to believe). any help would be appreciated even if just a link to a site to gain the answers I seek.
Thank You
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Answered by Emily | Sep. 29, 2020 18:31

As I know, the place of birth decides the nationality.
Answered by Orem Frien | Nov. 19, 2020 18:07

Either one, but not both.

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.
Asked by Rod mckenxie | Sep. 03, 2020 19:59Reply
My wife is Chinese and has a Chinese passport
My wife is Chinese and has a Chinese passport.We got married in Australia,therefore her Mame is my name now,so can she have a Chinese passport and an Australian on with her maiden name in Chinese and her married name in Australia
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Answered by Wyatt | Sep. 06, 2020 18:31

No, she can't.
Asked by Joe from 🇺🇸 USA | Mar. 17, 2020 17:22Reply
Us and China passports
As I stated before I’m American and my wife is Chinese with a Chinese passport and she holds a American green card , I have a USA passport with a China 🇨🇳 visa , can she apply for a American passport?? And no loose her Chinese passport at China customs?? Will this be a problem for her ??
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Answered by Thelma from GERMANY | Mar. 20, 2020 17:44

Well, as I know, she cannot apply for a American passport unless she give up Chinese nationality.
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