Citizenship is usually determined by where you are born, but you may also become a citizen of another country if you lawfully immigrate there. For example, a person born outside of the United States may be a citizen of his or her home country but may also take the necessary steps to go through the naturalization process and become a U.S. citizen. U.S. citizenship can be obtained a variety of ways:
There are also a number of alternate avenues for officially immigrating to the United States. A Maryland citizenship lawyer can help with the process of becoming a U.S. citizen and can also advise you on all of the laws and legal aspects related to dual citizenship.
Many people who become a United States citizen will not wish to give up their ties with the country that they were born in. The United States allows dual citizenship, but does not encourage it because it can raise complicated legal questions. If you are a citizen of two or more countries or if you are considering dual citizenship, it is important to understand all of the rights, obligations and legal pitfalls that this could potentially entail.
Every country has its own specific laws on nationality and about whether a person is allowed to be a citizen of multiple countries.
If you are originally a citizen of another country and you move to the United States and go through the nationalization process, the U.S. will not require you to give up your citizenship to your home country. However, not all countries allow dual citizenship, which means that your own homeland may strip you of your citizenship status. If your country permits dual citizenship and you do not give up your citizenship when you go through the naturalization process in the U.S., you may have two passports and are able to travel freely within each country.
The Oath of Allegiance that you take when you become a U.S. citizen does, however, say: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”
This oath has never been used to force anyone to give up their citizenship in another country but it does mean that you have certain obligations to be faithful and true to the United States.
If you have U.S. citizenship and become a citizen of another country outside of the United States, in most cases, you are not required to give up your U.S. citizen status. However, if you apply for foreign nationality voluntarily and with the intent to give up your U.S. nationality, then you could lose your citizenship because intent is shown by your actions.
Dual citizenship is a very complex area of immigration law and being a citizen of two countries is equally confusing, bringing up questions like “how will my travel plans be effected?” and “where do I pay taxes?” You need to understand the impact of dual citizenship as well as your obligations to multiple countries—that’s where we come in.
A Maryland citizenship lawyer can explain your rights and obligations and provide you with the advice you need to make an informed decision about where you call home. Call the Miranda & Weisman today, 410-321-4994, to speak with a member of our legal team and to learn more about how dual citizenship can impact you. You can also contact us online.