Red Brick Daily
The cover photo, via Taiwan News, shows local basketball player Quincy Davis, who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2013 to obtain R.O.C. citizenship … others like him may no longer need to choose between the two.
They’ve been talking about it for years but it seems the idea of allowing dual citizenship is moving from dream to reality — actually, it’s already a full reality for five foreign nationals, who were deemed “outstanding” in some way.
Check out the full story and more on the topic below:
“Five people have been naturalized since the amended Nationality Act (國籍法) came into effect last year, allowing outstanding applicants to retain their original citizenship, the Ministry of the Interior said on Sunday.”
From 2014 — little progress made
“Currently, foreigners who wish to apply for naturalization in Taiwan are required to renounce their original nationality first, with no assurance that they will subsequently obtain ROC citizenship.
The measure has resulted in many foreign spouses becoming stateless after being refused citizenship, leaving them stranded in Taiwan and legally unable to work.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), who proposed one of the draft amendments, blasted Article 3 of the Nationality Act, which requires naturalization applicants to demonstrate that they “behave decently” and have “no criminal record.”
From 2016. The idea inches forward —
“A provision requiring non-Chinese to give up their original nationality before they apply for citizenship is to be amended to allow them a one-year grace period during which they can hold dual-citizenship, to avoid the possibility of them being denied citizenship after giving up their original nationality, legislators said.
Foreigners who are unable to abandon their original nationality for legal reasons or administrative procedures would be excused beyond the one-year period to do so on a later date.”
Overview from 2015:
From March 24, 2017 — some now qualify
“From today, foreigners with professional skills will not be required to renounce their original citizenship prior to being naturalized as Republic of China citizens, the Ministry of the Interior announced.”
Official government info in Chinese and English on changes to the law: