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Benefits of Dual Citizenship

By Paul Anderson Subscribe to RSS | February 18th 2012 | Views:
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Being a Dual Citizen simply means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time. One who has dual citizenship is considered to be a citizen of two countries. Every country has different and unique citizenship laws. You can have dual nationality through operation of different laws than by choice. If you are a US citizen and your child was born in a foreign country, the child can be both a US citizen and a citizen of the country where he/she was born. It simply means that the country where the child is born can enable the child to hold citizenship automatically there and the parent's citizenship can also be passed to the child. In other circumstances, you can have citizenship in a country and file to become a naturalized citizen of another nation. Off late, the Dual citizenship concept is being accepted and becoming more common. It offers many benefits.

Travel

If you have dual citizenship, it means you will have passports of both countries. Traveling with the correct visa in these countries can help you cross the borders more easily, without many hassles. If you have a passport of a country that is a part of the European Union, with that passport, you can travel and stay in any country throughout the European Union without the need for a visa or residency requirements.

Work

Countries normally reserve or keep jobs for their citizens. Visitors should get special work visas. If you do not have citizenship and filing for a work visa, the chances do not look bright. Through Dual citizenship, the chance to work in either country is doubled.

Connections to the place where one was born

Some persons prefer to stay and be a naturalized citizen in one country while not completely cutting off their connections to their family and place they were born. Having dual citizenship, they are generally allowed to retain their rights to vote in both countries. They are also permitted to own property and qualify for government health care (if applicable.)

Property

There are certain countries that impose restrictions on property ownership depending on citizenship. For example, a country may not allow a foreigner to own a land near a border or coastline. In such countries, if you want to live there full or part time, you may find that being a naturalized citizen will allow you to own property, and travel back and forth conveniently.

Wide Acceptance

Earlier, laws in some countries prohibited a naturalized citizen from retaining the citizenship of the country he/she was born. Now, dual citizenship is widely accepted and allowed. Many countries have modified their laws to encourage citizenship and offer it to former citizens, their children and others who want to have more than one passport.

Retirement

Off late, many countries are making things easier for people to get citizenship more easily for retirement in other countries that can be more affordable, such as in Latin America. Countries such as Panama, Belize and Mexico encourage people to settle down there. In other instances, one with a parent or grandparent in countries such as Italy or Ireland may qualify for citizenship there.

Paul Anderson - About Author:
US Citizenship is not legal advice site, but it’s a place for all immigration related issues. Where in you can fill the forms on either immigrant visa (Green Card Renewal, US Citizenship, Passport many more) online. We will make sure your form is 100% error free, before you submit to USCIS(formerly INS).

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