Department emphasizes "Taiwan" as correct name in US Passports and
Certificates of Birth ----- "ROC", "PRC" or "Taiwan, China" not
2006, a FAPA member in Portland, Oregon who was born in Taiwan
applied for US citizenship. During the interview with immigration
officials that took place prior to him receiving his Naturalization
Certificate, a Portland immigration officer told our member that he
needed to change his "Country of Former Nationality" which he had
filled out as "Taiwan" to "People's Republic of China."
Today, our member is a Taiwanese American citizen. His Certificate
of Naturalization though lists as his country of Former Nationality
"People's Republic of China." (Mind you: NOT "China" but "People's
Republic of China!")
Upon further investigation, FAPA HQ found out that there have been
several instances in which Taiwanese Americans whose place of birth
in their naturalization certificates or passports was arbitrarily
altered by the Department of Homeland Security to "People's Republic
of China" or "Taiwan, China."
FAPA HQ therefore contacted the State Department and urged them to
look into this matter. The State Department confirmed to us that US
policy derives from regulations in Volume 7 of the Foreign Affairs
Manual, Appendix D, on Place of Birth in Passports (which is
available on the Internet, at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/94675.pdf).
The US State Department confirmed to FAPA that it is US policy that
the US uses "Taiwan" as place of birth for people from Taiwan in
official documents such as US passports and naturalization
certificates, reports of birth, reports of marriage and reports of
The policy specifically states (Appendix D(6)(f)) that such
documents may not be issued showing the place of birth as "Taiwan,
China", "Taiwan, Republic of China" or "Taiwan ROC".
Official documents may -- at an applicant's discretion -- also be
issued showing only a city (e.g. Taitung) or "China" as the place of
birth, marriage, death, etc., provided it is in agreement with the
applicant's proof of birth documentation.
FAPA urges all Taiwanese American whose place of birth in their
official documents such as their "Certificate of Naturalization" is
incorrectly listed as "People's Republic of China" or "Republic of
China" or “China” to immediately contact their local Passport
Office and ask the office to make the change quickly and proudly to