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CHAT: dual nationality (was: race matters, etc.)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 18:38
J Y S Czhang scripsit:

> My father believes I still have rights to British citizenship because of > being born in London, England before the Commonwealth laws about "dual > citizenships" were conveniently altered to placate the American government.
Almost certainly. Thus spake the U.S. State Department: # The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a citizen of two # countries at the same time. Each country has its own citizenship laws # based on its own policy. Persons may have dual nationality by automatic # operation of different laws rather than by choice. For example, a # child born in a foreign country to U.S. citizen parents may be both a # U.S. citizen and a citizen of the country of birth. # # A U.S. citizen may acquire foreign citizenship by marriage, or a # person naturalized as a U.S. citizen may not lose the citizenship # of the country of birth. U.S. law does not mention dual nationality # or require a person to choose one citizenship or another. Also, a # person who is automatically granted another citizenship does not risk # losing U.S. citizenship. However, a person who acquires a foreign # citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order # to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply # for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the # intention to give up U.S. citizenship. # # Intent can be shown by the person's statements or conduct. The # U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not # encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may # cause. Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. citizens may # conflict with U.S. law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government # efforts to assist citizens abroad. The country where a dual national is # located generally has a stronger claim to that person's allegiance. # # However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States # and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of # both countries. Either country has the right to enforce its laws, # particularly if the person later travels there. Most U.S. citizens, # including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave # the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign # country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the # foreign passport does not endanger U.S. citizenship. Most countries permit # a person to renounce or otherwise lose citizenship. # # Information on losing foreign citizenship can be obtained from the # foreign country's embassy and consulates in the United States. Americans # can renounce U.S. citizenship in the proper form at U.S. embassies and # consulates abroad. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz. -- Calvin, giving Newton's First Law "in his own words"