Hi, I wonder if anyone with similar circumstances has successfully been awarded the ROA/RTL.
My mother is Hong Kong born Chinese and married my father (British born Chinese) in Hong Kong in the early 1970’s. Shortly after they moved to the UK, I was born. I tried to apply for ROA/RTL using form ROP881 but was advised that this was the incorrect form as it was intended for naturalised citizens of 7 years where applications are considered under current immigration criteria. Through this process I was advised that at the time of my birth my mother was not considered a Chinese citizen as she had moved to the UK and as such I did not acquire Chinese citizenship.
My father lived in Hong Kong for 6 years and has an expired HK ID card so my route for acquiring an ID card would be via my mother only.
Speaking to the nice lady in the immigration department who had handled my case throughout I was advised to apply again using form ROP145 as my application would be considered under pre-1997 rules. If I would have qualified for ROA/RTL pre 1997 I would stand a good chance of getting it now. She said I had to submit my application in person and they couldn’t accept overseas applications. When my mother renewed her ID card in 2003 she enquired and was told I should be able to acquire the RTL.
It would be great to hear from anyone in similar circumstances to hear their experiences and if they have any advice.