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Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the Macao SAR

[   Requirements   |   Application Formalities   |   Required Documents   |   Examinations and Approval   |   The Effectiveness of the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode   |   Fees   |   Frequently Asked Questions   ]

The Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode is an effective document that confirms the status of a permanent resident of the Macao SAR. Enquiries and application concerning the certificate can be made at the Information Counter of the Identification Services Bureau (hereafter referred as DSI) located on the 1st floor of China Plaza.

 

1. Requirements

Following persons who claim that they have the right of abode in the Macao SAR but they do not possess a valid Macao Resident Identity Card or Macao SAR Resident Identity Card and who do not settle in any part of the People's Republic of China (except Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan Region) must apply for the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode:

    1. Chinese nationals who were born in Macao before or after the establishment of the Macao SAR and whose parent was legally residing in Macao or has already obtained the Right of Abode in Macao at the time of their birth; (Required documents for application)
    2. Chinese nationals who have ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years before or after the establishment of the Macao SAR; (Required documents for application)
    3. Persons of Chinese nationality born outside Macao whose parent, at the time of their birth, was a Chinese citizen and Macao permanent resident as mentioned above in a. and b.; (Required documents for application)
    4. Persons of both Chinese and Portuguese descent born in Macao before or after the establishment of the Macao SAR who take Macao as a place of permanent residence and whose parent, at the time of their birth, was legally residing in Macao or has already obtained the right of abode in Macao; (Required documents for application)
    5. Persons of both Chinese and Portuguese descent who have ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years before or after the establishment of the Macao SAR;(Required documents for application)
    6. Persons born outside Macao who hold Chinese nationality or have not yet chosen their nationality and who take Macao as a place of permanent residence and whose parent, at the time of their birth, was a Macao permanent resident of both Chinese and Portuguese descent as mentioned above in d. and e. (Required documents for application)

    Persons mentioned in items d., e. and f. must declare to take Macao as a place of permanent residence before the issuance of the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in Macao when their right of abode in the Macao SAR has been confirmed.

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2. Application Formalities
 
  1. The application can be submitted in person at DSI or by post;
  2. Duly complete the application form;
  3. If the applicant is under the age of 18, either one of the parents or the legal guardian must sign the application form. For interdicted or quasi-interdicted persons, their curators or legal representative should sign the application form.
  4. For applicants above the age of 10, a clear impression of the right hand index finger is also required;

Annotation:

  • For applicant who does not follow the aforesaid application procedures and requirements (including fingerprint impressions), DSI will not set up a case file for any incomplete application. If the applicant cannot submit the required documents within 6 months for the incomplete application, DSI will archive the incomplete application and will not return the application materials to the applicant.
  • The Identification Services Bureau will keep the applicants informed of all the matters concerning the application by mail according to the address the applicant declared on the application form.

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3. Required Documents

 

3.1. Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in 1a.(*1)

    1. 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
    2. A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
    3. Macao Birth Certificate;
    4. Proof that one of the applicant’s parent was legally residing in Macao or acquired the right of abode in Macao at the time of his/her birth, for example the past Macao identification document (*2) or Macao Birth Certificate;
    5. Copy of parents’ valid identification document, if any;
    6. Parent’s marriage certificate, if any (*4).

3.2. Required Documents for Applicants mentioned(*1)

    1. 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
    2. A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
    3. Proof of having ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years (*3) (such as the past Macao identification document (*2), proof of education, employment or involvement in any association activities or medical record. If the school in which the applicant studied before has not yet closed down, a proof of education with parents’ names and residential address is needed.);
    4. d. If applicant was born in Macao, the Macao Birth Certificate and parents’ Macao identification documents (*2) are also required, if any.

3.3. Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in 1c.(*1)

    1. 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
    2. A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
    3. Proof that one of the applicant’s parents was a permanent resident of Macao at the time of his/her birth. For example: the date of first issuance of his/her parent’s Resident Identity Card should be at least 7 years prior to the date of his/her birth; Besides, a supplementary proof of having ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years is required if needed, including proof of employment in Macao, salary tax receipt, proof of education and so on.
    4. Applicant's Birth Certificate; (*4)
    5. Copy of parents’ valid identification document;
    6. Parent’s Marriage Certificate; (*4)
    7. If the applicant was born in a foreign country, he/she is required to submit his/her parents’ travel documents that they were holding at the time of his/her birth and declare the resident status at that time (*5) (such as visa, green card or naturalization certificate for America or Landing paper for Canada); if the applicant is unable to submit these relevant documents, he/she should make a declaration to clearly explain the reason of not submitting the documents.

3.4. Required Document for Applicants mentioned in 1d.(*1)

    1. 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
    2. A valid identification document, or passport, with photo;
    3. Macao Birth Certificate;
    4. Proof that one of the applicant’s parents legally resided in Macao or acquired the right of abode in Macao at the time of his/her birth, such as the past Macao identification document (*2) or the Macao Birth certificate;
    5. Copy of parents’ valid identification document if any;
    6. Parent’s Marriage Certificate if any(*4) ;
    7. Declaration of being of both Chinese and Portuguese descent or a HongKong SAR Passport if any.

3.5. Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in 1e.(*1)

    1. 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
    2. A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
    3. Proof of having ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years (*3), such as the past Macao identification document (*2), or proof of education, employment, involvement in any association activities or medical record. If the school in which the applicant studied before has not yet closed down, a proof of education with parents’ names and residential address is needed;
    4. If the applicant was born in Macao, he/she is required to submit the Macao Birth Certificate and parents’ past Macao identification documents if any; (*2)
    5. A declaration of being of both Chinese and Portuguese descent or a HongKong SAR Passport (if any).

3.6. Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in 1f. (*1)

    1. 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
    2. A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
    3. Proof that one of the applicant’s parents was a permanent resident of Macao at the time of his/her birth. For example: the date of first issuance of his/her parent’s Resident Identity Card should be at least 7 years prior to the date of his/her birth; Besides, a supplementary proof of having ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years is required if needed, including proof of employment in Macao, salary tax receipt, proof of education and so on;
    4. Applicant’s Birth Certificate (*4);
    5. Copy of parents’ valid identification document if any;
    6. Parents’ Marriage Certificate if any (*4);
    7. If the applicant was born in a foreign country, he/she is required to submit his/her parents’ travel documents that they were holding at the time of his/her birth and declare their resident status at that time (*5) (such as visa, green card or naturalization certificate for America or Landing paper for Canada); if the applicant is unable to submit these relevant documents, he/she should make a declaration to clearly explain the reason of not submitting the documents;
    8. h. Declaration of being of both Chinese and Portuguese descent or a HongKong SAR Passport if any.

     

 
Note:
 

1. Besides identification documents, all the photocopies should be verified. The applicant can also present the original documents of the photocopies for verification by the Identification Services Bureau (DSI). In addition, photocopies must be printed on A4-sized papers.
2. If the applicant is unable to provide the information of the past Macao identification document and requests help from DSI, DSI will then acquire such information from the Macao Public Security Police Force (PSP). In this case, the application will be proceeded only after the abovementioned information is obtained.
3. Regarding the proof of having ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years, the applicant can refer to question 2 of Part A and question2, 3, and 4 of Part B in the FAQs.
4. For applicant whose place of origin is Japan, France or Taiwan Region etc, besides the birth certificate, they are required to submit a valid census registration document in order to confirm the information of applicant’s place of birth and parents’ martial status..
5. Applicant who was born in a foreign country can refer to the question 4 to 7, 9 and 11 of Part C in the FAQ for information of the eligibility of applying for the Certificate of the Entitlement of the Right of Abode in Macao.

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4.Examinations and Approval

 

The application for the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode will take 30 working days for examinations after the day on which this bureau has received all required documents from the applicant (exclusive of the day of receipt of documents).

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5.The effectiveness of the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode

 

There is an effective date on the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode showing when the certificate comes into effect. Only on that date or after, can the holder of the certificate exercise his/her right of abode in the Macao SAR.

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6.Fees
 

Free of charge.

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7. Frequently Ask Question
 

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Last Updated: 20/11/2015

 
 
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