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Procedure[edit]

  1. To obtain a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode, you will need to complete an application and submit it to Macau SAR Identification Department (DSI) in person or by post.
  2. For applicants 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.
  3. For applicants above the age of 10, a clear impression of the right hand index finger is also required;
  4. Make sure to follow the application procedures and requirements (including fingerprint impressions), DSI will not set up a case file for any incomplete application.
  5. If you 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 you.
  6. The Identification Services Bureau will notify you regarding the status of your application by mail using the address that you gave in your application.
  7. The application process for the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode may take about 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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Required Documents[edit]

  • Duly complete the application form. 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.
  • For applicants above the age of 10, a clear impression of the right hand index finger is also required;


Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in Eligibility A.(Note 1)

  • 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
  • A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
  • Macao Birth Certificate;
  • 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 (Note 2) or Macao Birth Certificate;
  • Copy of parents’ valid identification document, if any;
  • Parent’s marriage certificate, if any (Note 4).


Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in Eligibility B.(Note 1)

  • 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
  • A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
  • Proof of having ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years (Note 3) (such as the past Macao identification document (Note 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.);
  • If applicant was born in Macao, the Macao Birth Certificate and parents’ Macao identification documents (Note 2) are also required, if any.


Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in Eligibility C.(Note 1)

  • 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
  • A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
  • 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.
  • Applicant's Birth Certificate; (Note 4)
  • Copy of parents’ valid identification document;
  • Parent’s Marriage Certificate; (Note 4)
  • 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 (Note 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.


Required Document for Applicants mentioned in Eligibility D.(Note 1)

  • 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
  • A valid identification document, or passport, with photo;
  • Macao Birth Certificate;
  • 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 (Note2) or the Macao Birth certificate;
  • Copy of parents’ valid identification document if any;
  • Parent’s Marriage Certificate if any(Note 4) ;
  • Declaration of being of both Chinese and Portuguese descent or a HongKong SAR Passport if any.


Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in Eligibility E.(Note 1)

  • 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
  • A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
  • Proof of having ordinarily resided in Macao for a continuous period of not less than 7 years (Note 3), such as the past Macao identification document (Note 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;
  • 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; (Note 2)
  • A declaration of being of both Chinese and Portuguese descent or a HongKong SAR Passport (if any).


Required Documents for Applicants mentioned in Eligibility F. (Note 1)

  • 3 recent color or black and white photographs (1.5 inches x 1.8 inches);
  • A valid identification document (or passport) with photo;
  • 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;
  • Applicant’s Birth Certificate (Note 4);
  • Copy of parents’ valid identification document if any;
  • Parents’ Marriage Certificate if any (Note 4);
  • 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;
  • Declaration of being of both Chinese and Portuguese descent or a HongKong SAR Passport if any.


Notes:

  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 above mentioned 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Macau SAR Identification Department

Address:
Avenida da Praia Grande,
nº804, Edificio “China Plaza”,
1º andar, Macau

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00
(Closed on Saturday, Sunday and government holidays)

Enquiry and Appointment Hotline: (853) 2837 03777/ (853) 2837 0888
Fax: (853) 2837 4300

Email: [email protected]

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Eligibility[edit]

Individuals 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:

  • A.) 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;
  • B.) 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;
  • C.) 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.;
  • D.) 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;
  • E.) 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;
  • F.) 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.

Individuals mentioned in items d., e. and f. must declare to take Macao as their 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.

Fees[edit]

Free of charge.

Validity[edit]

An effective date is stated on the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode. It shows 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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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

The application process for the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode may take about 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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Instructions[edit]

Enquiries and application regarding 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.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.
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Need for the Document[edit]

The Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode is a document that confirms the status of a permanent resident of the Macao SAR.

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External Links[edit]

Macau SAR Identification Department

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