My child is born in Macau, I am Australian, and my wife is from Mainland China.
My children by law can not be Macanese citizens or residents as neither the mother nor the father has Macanese Residency.
To avoid being stateless, I've applied for Australian passports for my child, and presented this at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macau to get a Chinese Visa to travel to Beijing.
To cut a long story short, these were the things they've told me:
- no he can't have China Visas as he is Chinese (obviously the birth was shared with the mainland authorities or perhaps they just saw my wife is from the mainland)
- they are Chinese
- no they aren't
- ok, they are of questionable nationality
- we will give the child a Chinese Travel document and
- you must denounce the Chinese or Australian citizenship when he is 2 years old
Has anybody been in this situation, and does anybody know the process to denounce the Chinese Citizenship?
My wife tells me they have to go back to Beijing to do this, but that may see them trapped in China during a process of an unknown time period, so I need to do this while he is living in Macau using an Australian passport which carries his Visa to Macau... also arguable part