Citizenship of a Child Born in Malaysia to Foreign Parents

In the advent of computers and the World Wide Web, it is no doubt that the internet has become a great source of information. It has become a powerful tool for researchers and even to ordinary people like me seeking information on something.

I have written a blog post on how to register a foreign child born in Malaysia a year ago. And I am glad that the post somehow helps people (especially fellow Filipino) seeking information on the latter matter. As the author, I try to answer their questions as long as I am knowledgeable about the question. A fellow Filipina asked about the (would be) benefits of a child born in Malaysia. And that motivates me to right this post and I hope (just like the other post)this would become interesting and informative.



When my friends learned that I gave birth to our first child in Malaysia, instantly they thought my baby is a Malaysian Citizen. Unlike in United States, a foreign child born in Malaysia does not automatically obtain Malaysian citizenship. Malaysian citizenship is obtained by blood, hence to obtain Malaysian citizenship one of the parent should be a Malaysian Citizen.

In other circumstances, a child born in Malaysia to foreign parents is not A Malaysian Citizen. Children born in wedlock to two Malaysian citizens are Malaysian citizens regardless of the country of their birth. Children born in wedlock, in Malaysia, of a Malaysian mother and foreign father are also Malaysian citizens; the same thing goes with children born out of wedlock, in Malaysia, of a Malaysian mother. ¬†However, children born in wedlock abroad to a Malaysian mother and a foreign father are considered to have received the father’s citizenship. Children born out of wedlock, abroad, to a Malaysian mother are not considered citizens, but may enter Malaysia with permanent resident status, with the mother, and may apply for citizenship.




For more information you may visit National Registration Department of Malaysia.

Source: UNHCR

 

14 thoughts on “Citizenship of a Child Born in Malaysia to Foreign Parents

  1. I also had a child born in malaysia year 1999. but the malaysian govt’. said my child cannot get a permanent resident because, both parents ar Non- malaysian. My husband is Professional, he worked in one Company for almost 11 yrs. even the privilege to study, in a govt’. school Malayisan govt’. won’t allow. Education should be opened to anybody who is interstd and the fact the child is born legally in Malaysia with malaysia, with her Birth certificate. There is nothing wrong to allow, and it is a blessing to help the child to get a good eduction.

    thank you for posting this….

  2. Hi Just wanna ask what about a Filipino mother and Malaysian Dad? out of wedlock but born in Malaysia what will be the citizenship of the baby?

    1. the child is still malaysian Keren..you may chat with me. find my name in fb venusparmisana as i have some problems too that we might be able to talk about. hope tosee u one day in fb. thnks

  3. Both my wife and I are foreigners and working in Malaysia.
    we just have a child and have got the birth certificate.

    can you please advise that my child can live in Malaysia without passport and visa or not?

    How long the government is allowing for the child to live in Malaysia without passport and Visa?

    thanks.

    1. Hi! from what I remember, a new born child can be under the parents’ visa for 2 years. If he is going out malaysia he surely needs travel docs. But please verify with the immigration to be sure.

  4. hi, just want to ask how about a filipino mother and a malaysian father….legally married..but baby to be born at philippines…what will be the citizenship of the baby?

    1. Hi! Malaysian citizenship is obtain by blood, so your child is eligible to apply for Malaysian citizenship regardless the country of birth.

  5. Hi, my fiance will born our baby before our marriage registration, do i able to apply Malaysia citizenship for our baby after we get our married cert later ? and after born, me and my fiancee plan to go back to Vietnam for business and wish to left our baby with my mom in Malaysia, Do we allow to do that ?
    Need advise urgently .
    thks

    1. Thank you for reading my blog, but I am really sorry, I cannot answer your question. I suggest you inquire directly at National Registration Department.

  6. me and my wife are indians, we have a baby who is born in malaysia recently, we have baby birth certificate and passport (applied in malaysia,).
    can my baby get malaysia IC after 12 years her age..

    and past 5 years i am working in malaysia

    please suggest

    1. Thank you for reading my blog, but I am really sorry, I cannot answer your question. I suggest you inquire directly at National Registration Department.

  7. Hello, I am legally married to a Malaysian citizen man and I am a Filipina wife. A mother of a Malaysian child who is born in Malaysia. But now, living in the Philippines. Is she a Filipino citizen?

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