Can I have dual nationality?
Q: Can I have dual nationality?
A: When a person is naturalized in a foreign state (or otherwise possesses another nationality) and is thereafter found not to have lost United States citizenship, the individual consequently may possess dual nationality. It is prudent, however, to check with authorities of the other country to see if dual nationality is permissible under local law. The United States does not favor dual nationality as a matter of policy, but does recognize its existence in individual cases.
In the 1980′s, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. citizenship is a constitutional right that cannot be taken away from a citizen who does not intend to relinquish it. Therefore, such actions as naturalization in a foreign country, travel on a foreign passport, employment with a foreign government, and voting in a foreign election do not automatically jeopardize American citizenship. However, please note that all U.S. citizens, even dual nationals, must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports.
For more information, please visit the U. S. Department of State’s guidance on dual nationality at http://travel.state.gov/law/citizenship/citizenship_778.html .
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