瑞莎:終於成為台灣人 | ‘I’ve finally become Taiwanese’: Ukrainian model Larisa Bakurova |

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Taiwan-based Ukrainian model Larisa Bakurova visited her local household registration office on Jan. 24 to receive her new identification card, putting an end to the legal process to become a Taiwanese citizen.

來自烏克蘭的瑞莎在等待5年後,終於擁有台灣身分證,成為真正的台灣人!今(24)日瑞莎現身戶政事務所,領到身分證那一刻立馬淚崩。

“This is my best New Year’s gift ever; I’ve finally become Taiwanese,” said Bakurova, who burst into tears after waiting for five years to complete the whole process.

她感性地說:「最好的新年禮物!我終於成為台灣人了。」

According to the Ukrainian model, renouncing her Ukrainian citizenship requires the signature of the Ukrainian president, and she tried very hard only to get it done in 2017, after numerous phone calls to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

瑞莎也透露,放棄烏克蘭國籍需要總統簽名,在她鍥而不捨頻頻打電話去烏克蘭外交部,終於在2017年得到簽核。

The identification card was expected to arrive on Jan. 23, but Bakurova was disappointed again when the household registration office told her that she could not apply for an ID without applying for a resident card first.

瑞莎原本以為昨日就能拿到身分證,沒想到戶政事務所跟她說,要先申請定居證,才能再申請身分證。

However, the Ukrainian celebrity was later told that could claim her ID card as soon as the following day.

原本瑞莎有些失望,但又接到通知說今天就能領到。

“I called my family immediately, and I just want to tell the whole world about it,” said Bakurova, who had gotten her naturalization documents ready since 2013. The entire process was eventually prolonged due to noticeable differences between the legal systems of the two countries.

她笑說:「我馬上打給家人,想告訴全世界。」也透露早在2013年就拿到歸化台灣的文件,無奈兩國法律不太相同,才延宕至今。

Bakurova said she was the first person ever to relinquish her a Ukrainian citizen to obtain a Taiwanese ID.

瑞莎表示,自己是第一個放棄烏克蘭國籍,入籍台灣的人。

She burst into tears, describing herself as “pregnant foreign model” flying Ukrainian embassies in Beijing, Shanghai, and Russia year-round with immigration documents and spending more than NT$1 million in the process.

瑞莎表示,自己是第一個放棄烏克蘭國籍,入籍台灣的人,更說當時挺著大肚子,飛去北京、日本、俄羅斯的烏克蘭大使館辦文件,由於來往頻繁,花費超過百萬。

She believes that it could be easier for Ukrainians to become Taiwanese in the future. She also promised herself to be stronger for her family, her daughter, and parents, who are currently residing in Taiwan.

相當辛苦。如今一切苦盡甘來,讓瑞莎受訪時,忍不住落淚,表示為了家人、女兒,她會更堅強,透露父母、弟弟都在台灣,認為以後烏克蘭人想成為台灣人的過程會更簡單。

Bakurova’s husband was emotional too. The couple cried over the good news after Bakurova’s husband saw the pictures of her ID card.

瑞莎拿到身分證後,傳照片給老公看,兩人都雙雙落淚。

Looking back at when she wanted to become Taiwanese, the Ukrainian model said she was criticized at first for being “out of touch.”

提及想成為台灣人的想法,瑞莎說一開始很多人跟她說「不可能」。

Since it has become a reality, Bakurova, a Taiwan-based Taiwanese Model said she is happy and will carry her new ID with her every day.

如今拿到身分證,瑞莎也笑說每天都會在帶身上,心裡非常踏實!