Ruling on right of abode

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 May, 1999, 12:00am

The Court of Final Appeal ruled on January 29 that the Certificate of Entitlement Scheme was consistent with the Basic Law.

According to the ruling, those claiming the right of abode under the Basic Law could only take up their status as a permanent resident in Hong Kong if they held a Certificate of Entitlement.

They would have to remain in the mainland to apply for a Certificate of Entitlement.

The Certificate of Entitlement would no longer be linked to the issue of a one-way permit.

Even if the parents of children born outside Hong Kong were not permanent residents at the time of their birth, these children would become eligible for the right of abode if either of their parents later became a permanent resident. These children include those born out of wedlock to a father who is a permanent resident of the SAR.