countries that allow dual citizenship

Countries That Allow Dual Citizenship

In November 16, 2017

Ever wondered who can have dual citizenship or why someone may want it? Dual citizenship is desirable for many people who have family in a different country or for those who travel often between two nations. Holding dual citizenship allows a person to travel to and from both countries without needing a visa, which is not only more convenient, but also more affordable. Aside from the ease of traveling back and forth, other benefits include the ability to own property and to work and live in either country. Citizens from countries that allow dual citizenship also have the right to vote in both countries. Of course, while there are benefits associated with having dual nationality, there are also disadvantages. Dual citizens may have to pay taxes in both countries; they have to abide by both countries laws; and they may be required to serve in both countries military if service is mandatory. Whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages depends on what is most important to the person applying.

 

Want to know which countries allow dual citizenship? First, you should know that not all countries allow it. Poland, China, and India are some examples of countries that do not allow dual citizenship. Second, some countries that allow dual citizenship may require a person to go through a lengthy application approval process or may allow limited dual citizenship. Spain is technically a dual nationality country, however they limit dual citizenship to select Latin American countries that they have an agreement with. Here is a list of countries that do allow dual citizenship at the moment – it is important to keep in mind that these can change given the political climate or changes in government.

  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Egypt*
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany*
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Lebanon
  • Malta
  • Pakistan*
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea*
  • SouthAfrica*
  • Spain*
  • SriLanka*
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tonga
  • Turkey*
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

*Requires special permission, approval, or has restrictions.

 

A person can go about applying for dual citizenship in a few ways but the most common ways are through birth, naturalization, marriage, or a special investment incentive. Receiving dual nationality by birth requires a person who is technically a non-resident or non-citizen to show documentation that their parents are recognized citizens. Naturalization typically happens when a person has had permanent residency in a second country for a given period of time that allows them to become a dual citizen. Marriage can help speed up the amount of time it will take for the spouse to become a citizen, often through naturalization or applying for citizenship. Last but not least, a person can go through a special investment incentive program that rewards individuals who invest heavily in the economy of the country of potential secondary citizenship.

 

To learn more about countries that allow dual citizenship alongside a United States citizenship or vice versa, you can contact the embassy or consulate for the region. They will be able to inform you of any recent changes to dual nationality laws and they will also help guide you through the application process. If you already know what you need to obtain dual citizenship, let VitalChek help you gather important vital records like your birth certificate or marriage certificate which may be required during your application process!

2 Comments

  1. This article is blatantly wrong. Fix it. The United States DOES NOT recognize/allow dual citizenship.

    This is November 2017… and the United States has never (to date) recognizes dual citizenship.

    1. Thank you for your comment however here is information directly from the U.S. State Department website:
      “Dual Nationality

      Section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that “the term ‘national of the United States’ means (A) a citizen of the United States, or (B) a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.” Therefore, U.S. citizens are also U.S. nationals. Non-citizen nationality status refers only individuals who were born either in American Samoa or on Swains Island to parents who are not citizens of the United States. The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own nationality 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. national parents may be both a U.S. national and a national of the country of birth. Or, an individual having one nationality at birth may naturalize at a later date in another country and become a dual national.

      U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one nationality or another. A U.S. citizen may naturalize in a foreign state without any risk to his or her U.S. citizenship. However, persons who acquire a foreign nationality after age 18 by applying for it may relinquish their U.S. nationality if they wish to do so. In order to relinquish U.S. nationality by virtue of naturalization as a citizen of a foreign state, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign nationality voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U.S. nationality. Intent may be shown by the person’s statements and conduct.

      Dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries, and either country has the right to enforce its laws. It is important to note the problems attendant to dual nationality. Claims of other countries upon U.S. dual-nationals often place them in situations where their obligations to one country are in conflict with the laws of the other. In addition, their dual nationality may hamper efforts of the U.S. Government to provide consular protection to them when they are abroad, especially when they are in the country of their second nationality.

      U.S. nationals, 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 to travel to or from a country other than the United States is not inconsistent with U.S. law.”

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