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Asked by Xandra from Philippines | Feb. 07, 2020 17:14
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My son’s father is a chinese citizen and he wants my child to be a chinese citizen

My son’s father is a chinese citizen and he want to change his son’s citizenship to chinese citizenship. We’re not married yet. But we’re planning. And I applied passport to my child in Philippines. Would that be a difficult situation to apply citizenship?

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Answered by Janet from USA | Feb. 11, 2020 21:15
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Yes, it would be hard for your child to get Chinese citizenship. First, you are not married while giving birth to the child. Second, China does not recognize dual-citizenship.
Answered by Xandra from Philippines | Feb. 13, 2020 03:09
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If we get married? Would it be hard if we apply chinese citizen for our child?
Answered by John Doe | Feb. 13, 2020 17:59
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The Chinese embassy in the Philippines will require you to provide 1) the original birth certificate issued by the PSA and the fee payment receipt for the certificate and 2) a signed declaration that the parents will renounce Philippine citizenship for the child (whether actual renunciation is required is up to the embassy), and 3) a declaration from the DFA that the child has never been issued a Philippine passport. The renunciation declaration is only available at the embassy.

In addition to those documents, you must make an appointment online and fill out the forms. Your son's birth father can do that (or you can DIY if you read Simplified Chinese).

Both parents have to present themselves at the Chinese embassy, although currently Philippine authorities prohibit Chinese nationals from entering the Philippines so you will have to wait until this is over if his dad is in China.
Answered by John Doe | Feb. 13, 2020 18:01
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Also the most important thing is your son's father has to register him for hukou which can only be done in China. This is of course after your son gets his Chinese passport if everything goes smoothly.
Answered by Xandra from Philippines | Feb. 15, 2020 04:57
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That’s my problem now. I applied my child a Philippine passport. Would that be a big problem?
Answered by John Doe | Feb. 15, 2020 17:26
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Then it is up to the embassy. They may ask you to renounce your son's Filipino citizenship, although depending on where his father is from and what city's hukou he would get if being registered as a Chinese national you need to consider whether it's better to keep him as a Filipino. (Hukous from smaller towns are usually useless if there are no good public schools there, and your son won't be eligible to go to a foreigner-only international school in China either if he is a Chinese national.)
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