Hello. I was born in HK but I immigrated to Canada over 30 years ago. I have a Canadian passport, HK ID card and a HK SAR Passport.
I received an invitation for job interview in China. I tried to apply for a Home Return Permit but the officer refused my application because on my HK ID card, there is no Chinese name. (Perhaps she meant no name written in Chinese characters?) She said that China does not allow dual citizenship. As a result, I have to either add a Chinese name (perhaps she meant a name with Chinese characters) on my ID card or visit China using a Canadian passport. In the former case, I have to change the name in other legal documents. It looks complicated.
I tried to apply for a visa using my Canadian passport. This time, the officer said that since I have 3 stars on my HKID card, I have to go to the immigration office to make a declaration. She mentioned about losing the 3 stars first before I could apply for a visa using my Canadian passport.
Anybody knows what is going on? What will happen if I lose 3 stars on my ID card? What benefits and rights will I lose?
I read that if I get into trouble in China, China will not allow the Canadian government to help because by having a Home Return Permit (or perhaps with a HK ID card or Passport), I will be treated as a Chinese citizen by default. Perhaps it is better to go there using a Canadian passport?
Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.