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Friday October 3, 2008

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Hi, my name is XXX. There is a mistake in my passport. I put down Taiwan in the place of birth in my application. But when I got my passport back, the place of birth was changed into China. Can you make the correction?


I have here with me State Department Guidelines indicating that applicants have the right to put down Taiwan as place of birth. Please see Page 9 and 10.

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Taiwan is a Sovereign Nation

Saturday September 20, 2008

SOVEREIGN NATION: The Geneva court has confirmed that Taiwan possesses all the elements of statehood, and can therefore sue the ISO to correct its designation

Friday, Sep 19, 2008, Page 4

A court in Geneva has confirmed Taiwans eligibility to sue the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for referring to Taiwan as part of China, a Taiwanese official posted in Switzerland said on Wednesday.

In a verdict delivered on Tuesday to the Geneva bureau of Taiwans representative office in Switzerland, the Geneva First Instance Court ruled that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an eligible plaintiff in the case on the grounds that it possesses all the elements of statehood and that its government holds and effectively exercises sovereignty over its territory, bureau chief Shen Lyu-shun (???) said.

The verdict also stated that whether the country is a member of the UN and whether it has diplomatic relations with Switzerland are of no relevance to the case, Shen said.

The ruling carries not only legal significance but also diplomatic significance, Shen said.

In July last year, Taiwan filed a lawsuit with the court against the ISO, demanding that the organization correct Taiwans designation from Taiwan Province, China to Republic of China (Taiwan) in the ISO 3166 country codes list.

Taiwan filed the lawsuit after the ISO failed to respond positively to Taiwans repeated requests over the name issue.

The ISO has argued that the 3166 list was created in 1974 in accordance with the UNs practice of referring to Taiwan as Taiwan Province, China and that the term was not coined by the ISO.

In an attempt to block Taiwans legal action, the ISO challenged Taiwans legal eligibility as a plaintiff during court hearings held in November last year and February this year.

Henri-Philippe Sambuc, the lawyer representing Taiwan, expressed confidence on Wednesday that Taiwan stands an 80 percent chance of winning the case now that the court has confirmed the Republic of Chinas statehood and legal personality.

Sambuc said as a country, the Republic of China has the right to decide its own name and that he does not see how the court can allow the ISO to refuse to comply with the name chosen by the country.

The ISO spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The Geneva-based ISO is an international standard-setting body comprised of representatives from various national standards organizations.

Founded on Feb. 23, 1947, the organization promulgates world-wide industrial and commercial standards.

State Dept Guidelines emphasizes "Taiwan" as birthplace

Tuesday September 9, 2008

State Department emphasizes “Taiwan” as correct name in US Passports and Certificates of Birth ——- “ROC”, “PRC” or “Taiwan, China” not allowed

In December 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 death.

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 “Taiwan.”




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