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What should I know about dual-citizenship?

| Nov 25, 2019 | Firm News

If you are considering naturalizing in the US in Florida, there are many big questions to consider. In order to be eligible for naturalization in the US, you need to have been living in the US for at least 5 years. Permanent residency is a requirement to naturalization, as are many other things. However, what many potential new US citizens are curious about relates to the concept of dual citizenship. Many potential US citizens would prefer to keep their home passport if at all possible, and there are several good reasons for this. If you are curious about the US’s stance on dual-citizenship, you will be happy to know that, according to the US government, the US does not require a person to discard other citizenships for US citizenship.

There are still some rules attached to maintaining US citizenship. While you can have as many passports as you would like under US law, there are certain stipulations that you still must follow. For example, running for political office or serving in your home country’s army may cause you to lose US citizenship (though there are exceptions to this). Committing an act of treason against the United States may also mean the removal of your US citizenship.

Outside of this, the only other real barrier to dual citizenship are the rules of the other country involved. For example, many countries do not allow you to have dual citizenship, and if you acquire US citizenship they may force you to renounce your original citizenship. If you are not sure what your home country’s rules are on dual citizenship, make sure to contact the consulate or embassy to get your questions answered.

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