From Green to Red

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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #45 on: December 03, 2019, 07:11:19 PM »
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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #46 on: December 04, 2019, 11:56:18 AM »
Congratulations EL! bjbjbjbjbj agagagagag You are a very patient man indeed.  bfbfbfbfbfbfbfbfbfbf

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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #47 on: December 04, 2019, 02:51:13 PM »
Foreigner Control moved the desks for res permits, green card applications, and marriage proposals to China downstairs.  My case officer wasn't at his desk.  Turns out he got stuck for the day on the desk that hands out appointment numbers.  We went and collected him, since the request from Guangzhou was at his regular desk.

The paperwork and photos have been turned in.  My Chinese signature came out a little larger than intended on the first copy, so I had to put my English signature above it.  The second copy worked out better, with my English signature on the same line after my Chinese signature.

As we were leaving, another officer was asking him if my application had any chance of getting approved.  He pointed out that I met all the requirements, had passed all the screening in DG, and that Guangzhou only wanted more paperwork and photos.  He seemed to think my chances for approval were very good. agagagagag

Now I have to wait another 6 months (possibly more).  If it's 6 months, the timing isn't bad.  I want to attend a seminar in the US in April 2020 and need a passport to travel.  Once I'm approved, I have to start the process to renounce my US citizenship before getting my Chinese ID, and that's going to leave me without a valid passport for at least a few months.
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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2020, 05:55:13 PM »
February 25, 2010.  I arrived in HK on a one-way ticket from the USA.  It was very late, so I stayed overnight in a hotel.

February 26, 2010, ten years ago today.  I crossed over to mainland China.  Not for an 8 month contract like in 2006.  Not on a tourist visa like I did on 2 trips in 2009.  This time was different.

I came to China with one intention.  I was coming to China to stay forever.  China became my home that day.

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Since then, I got married (a beautiful daughter was included as a bonus ajajajajaj), got a cat (to supervise me while I work), got a Chinese green card, and rescued a kitten (who now helps my cat supervise me).  All I need now is for my citizenship application to be approved.
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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #49 on: February 26, 2020, 10:46:25 PM »
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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #50 on: February 27, 2020, 01:02:29 PM »
All the best with your application EL. agagagagag bjbjbjbjbj

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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #51 on: February 27, 2020, 03:31:25 PM »
Since the restaurants are closed, my lovely wife and I had a celebration dinner on the roof.  It would have been romantic, but the mosquitoes decided to crash the party.
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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #52 on: December 22, 2020, 08:26:35 PM »
The very large building next door shed it's fabric and  bamboo skin last week.  When the fabric as up, I couldn't see the workers as more than shadows in the mesh fabric.  But, when I was on the roof watering my garden, I was visible to them, so they had plenty of time to notice that I don't exactly look local.  With the bamboo down, the building went from "hard hat required" to "try not to step on anything dangerous.  Since then, we've gone over a few times to see what sort of apartments are in it.  This may seem off topic in a thread about getting citizenship, but there's a reason.

Most of the workers ignored us, but one approached me, showed me some text on her phone and pointed to herself.  I couldn't read it, but it looked Vietnamese.  I said "Vietnam", she nodded and smiled, then started chatting with my wife in Mandarin that was far to fast for me to process, so I wandered into the next apartment to check the layout.

My wife later filled me in on some interesting details.  It turns out that this woman was Vietnamese, as in past tense.  Her step-mother moved to China when she was young.  She moved to China to take care of her stepmother when she was 15.  When she was about to get married (I believe sometime around 2004, plus or minus a few years), she applied for Chinese citizenship under the "family reunification" rules and became a Chinese citizen.

If I recall correctly, 2004 is when some major clarifications of citizenship rules were issued, and I'm not 100% sure if she was under the prior rules or under the new rules while details were still being worked out.

So, I finally have an actual example of a foreigner who got Chinese citizenship after the ones that Chairman Mao awarded citizenship to.  There is one small oddity.  Ethnically, she's Vietnamese, but her ID card say she's Han (Type 01) instead of Foreigner who became Chinese (Type 58).  I'm guessing this was probably either a clerical error or a clerk that didn't know about Type 58s.

Even better from my point of view is that she's an ordinary person.  Not a celebrity, not an athlete, not a brain surgeon, and not a rich investor.  Instead, she's a regular person with a normal job who was qualified, followed procedure, filled out an application, and got Chinese citizenship - for something so many people still insist is impossible.

I'm waiting for the 2020 census data to be released so I can see how the number of Type 58s compares with 2010.  In the meantime, I finally have a real example of a foreigner who became Chinese instead of just a number in a table.  I find this reassuring as I continue to wait to hear back about my application.
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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #53 on: December 23, 2020, 01:33:07 AM »
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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #54 on: January 20, 2021, 01:55:36 PM »
Bump, mostly entirely to say Hi and best wishes :)

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Re: From Green to Red
« Reply #55 on: January 20, 2021, 05:06:56 PM »
Hey,

Thanks for dropping in and saying hi.

For anyone wondering, I'm sure the viral issues haven't helped speed up application processing, so I'm still waiting.  The main consolation is that if there was any obvious reason to reject me, they'd probably have done it quickly just to reduce the number of items sitting in the waiting pile.  If things stretch our into a similar time period as my green card approval did, I guess I'm looking at the second half of 2021 or first half of 2022.  Or, just maybe, that phone call I've been waiting for will come today.  There's no way to tell.
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