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Right of Abode for baby based on Grandparents' Chinese Ethnicity?

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    hkexpat2010 is offline Registered User
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    Right of Abode for baby based on Grandparents' Chinese Ethnicity?

    Any ethnically Chinese parent(s) here that tried to get Right of Abode for their babies?

    We are US citizens and my husband's parents are from China and Hong Kong. We heard we can get our upcoming baby HK Right of Abode based on the grandparent's heritage. My husband doesn't have Right of Abode, but we heard the baby may still be eligible. We live here in HK and have IDs.

    If the baby can't get it based on the paternal grandparents, I believe we can apply for my husband and then the baby can get it...

    Any advice or similar experiences would be great!

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    Is your baby born in hong kong? If not... In order for your baby to get it, either one if his parents (not g-parent) must be a HK permanent resident at the time of babies birth. So for example, I have lived in HK for 30 years and both parents are born in HK, but at the time of my birth, my parents are settled in Canada....I am not eligible for the HKSAR passport, but MUST give up my Canadian passport and revert to the Chinese one....just went through the process last week...

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    you gave up your canadian passport for a hksar passport?

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    No no...not at this point in time, just thought it quite silly since my parents were only in Canada to worm for three years...they only "landed" there didn't even get residency rights but that doesn't matter to the gov. Landed is equivalent. To "settled" in their books.

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    We are in the same situation. Went to the immigration to check on our baby's status (US citizen mom, UK citizen dad of HK Chinese parents, HK-born baby) and see if she gets HKSAR passport. They told us she's a permanent resident, but can only get ID at 11 yrs old. Right now she's a UK citizen. Either one of us parents must give up our citizenship so she becomes an HK citizen which we don't intend to do. Her having the the PR status at 11 yrs old is good enough at least she has the option to live here and work here if she wants to someday when she's an adult.

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    thanks for the clarification, leslie... i had never heard of someone giving up a canadian passport in order to get a hk one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    i had never heard of someone giving up a canadian passport in order to get a hk one...
    not a huge number but there are many that do. Here is a famous one, surely you've heard of this character:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Zeman#Citizenship

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    My son has permanent residency based on his Chinese grandmother's old original HKID of 35 years ago showing Chinese ethnicity (she doesn't even have right of abode because she was here <7 years). He is born here.
    Both my husband and I only have temp HKID and Dutch passports and no right of abode. This was enough to get him right of abode. They require original documents as proof. Also they mentioned it's much easier to get it at birth registration. If done later the procedure is more complex.
    Last edited by meimeid; 12-04-2011 at 05:32 AM.

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