Becoming a citizen of any country can be a bureaucratic nightmare if you're unsure of the steps you need to take to be granted citizenship. You can become a citizen of Taiwan, The Republic of China, by meeting certain criteria and preparing the relevant certified and verified documents. You can save time and energy by finding out what documentation you need to prepare and how to meet the criteria to be eligible for Taiwanese citizenship prior to applying.
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Apply for a Permanent Resident or Alien Resident Certificate from the Taiwan National Immigration Agency to become a resident of Taiwan.
Live in Taiwan for three consecutive years if you have a Taiwanese spouse, five years if you are a general foreigner or stateless person or 10 years if were born in Taiwan and are not a citizen.
Renounce your original nationality. Make a formal renunciation application to the government of your country of birth. Taiwan does not recognise dual citizenship.
Keep a clean criminal record in both your country of birth and Taiwan.
Possess property or professional skills that enable you to be financial self reliant.
Develop basic Mandarin Chinese language skills and a knowledge of Taiwanese civil rights. Be prepared to prove your skills and knowledge to immigration authorities.
Provide the Taiwan National Immigration Agency with a completed application for naturalisation, a certified original copy and one translated copy of a document proving renunciation of your original citizenship, two passport-sized photographs, documents proving financial stability, certified criminal records from your original country and Taiwan, a certificate proving dates of entry and exit to and from Taiwan, the certificate fee and identification documents, such as birth and marriage certificates.
Tips and warnings
- Stay in contact with the National Immigration Agency to check on the status of you application and to ensure everything is processing without any issues.
- Notify the National Immigration Agency if you change your address to prevent delays in the naturalisation process.
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