Macau: Information on the status conferred upon a holder of a certificate of identification (CI) and on the acquisition and loss of Portuguese nationality
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 September 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||MAC15279|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Macau: Information on the status conferred upon a holder of a certificate of identification (CI) and on the acquisition and loss of Portuguese nationality, 1 September 1993, MAC15279, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aaee20.html [accessed 1 August 2014]|
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According to a representative of the Embassy of Portugal in Ottawa, a certificate of identification is issued by Macau authorities to a person who is unable to obtain a passport (16 Sept. 1993). Hence the CI is a document that "replaces the passport". The holder of a certificate of identification has the right to reside and to work in Macau but is not allowed to vote (Ibid.).
Information on the acquisition and on the loss of Portuguese nationality is contained in the attached Regulation of the Portuguese Nationality of 12 August 1992, which is based on the Nationality Act of 3 October 1981.
In addition, please find attached media reports that might be of interest.
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of Portugal, Ottawa. 16 September 1993. Telephone interview with representative.
Agence France Presse (AFP). 28 October 1992. "Fake Passport Ring Smashed in Beijing." (NEXIS)
The Financial Times [London]. August 1991. "The Future of China's Neighbours." (NEXIS)
Portugal. Regulation of the Portuguese Nationality. Decree No. 322/32. 12 August 1982. Provisional translation.
Reuters. 24 August 1990. BC Cycle. "Macau to Grant 27,000 Chinese Illegal Immigrants Right to Stay." (NEXIS)
South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]. 4 September 1993. "Macau Civil Servants May Work in Portugal." (NEXIS)
. 14 November 1992. "Beijing Approves of New Resident Status." (NEXIS)
. 19 August 1992. "New IDs." (NEXIS)