United States Dual Citizenship Information Guide

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All applicants for U.S. citizenship should read the United States Dual Citizenship Information Guide before applying. Dual citizenship is a complex issue that comes with many benefits but also responsibilities. but it is important to understand that there also obligations involved. Being a citizen of two countries means that you need to obey the laws of both countries, including paying taxes and serving in the military (if required by any of the countries). Dual citizenship is not something that can be applied for because it is a process that happens when a person becomes a citizen of another country, in addition to his or her country of birth. Dual citizenship occurs automatically to some individuals, for example: a child is born in the United States to foreign parents. In this example this child has U.S. Dual Citizenship since the child is automatically a citizen of the United States and a citizen of its parent's home country. The same applies to children of U.S. citizens born abroad where the child is both a U.S. citizen and a citizen of the country of birth. Dual citizenship means that an individual is a citizen of two countries at the same time. (It is also possible to be a citizen of three or more countries.) But every country has its own laws regarding dual citizenship meaning that some countries allow it, some do not allow it, and still others have no particular laws regarding dual citizenship. The Dual Citizenship Information Guide explains these issues in detail.
Overview of Contents
  • What is Dual Citizenship?
  • Overview of the United States Dual Citizenship
  • Advantages of Dual Citizenship
  • Disadvantages of Dual Citizenship
  • Determine Your Citizenship Status
  • Learn if You are Eligible for Dual Citizenship
  • Double Taxation Issues
  • Military Service for Dual Citizens
  • Information about Children of Dual Citizens
  • Property Ownership and Inheritance Issues
  • Why You May Have Give Up Your Citizenship
  • Overview of the United States Citizenship Application Process
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • List of USCIS Offices in the United States
  • List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad

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United States Dual Citizenship:
The government of the United States allows dual citizenship. Though United States law recognizes U.S. Dual Citizenship, the government does not encourage it. This is to avoid the problems that can arise from having U.S. dual citizenship status. It is important to understand that a foreign citizen does NOT lose his or her citizenship when becoming a U.S. citizen. An individual that becomes a U.S. citizen through naturalization may keep his or her original citizenship. However, since some countries do not recognize dual citizenship, it is important to consider it carefully before applying for U.S. citizenship.

Applying for US Dual Citizenship:
  • The United States Dual Citizenship Guide is an information guide only. It does not contain specific information on how to apply for U.S. citizenship.
  • Download the U.S. Citizenship Application for detailed requirements, procedures and all the required application forms.