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Why Second Citizenship

What is Dual Citizenship ?



Dual citizenship, or multiple citizenship, is when a single person is legally recognized as a citizen of two or more countries at the same time. Not all countries allow their citizens to hold dual citizenship. It is important to double check whether your country permits dual citizenship before seeking to acquire one.

Dual citizenship happens automatically in some situations, such as when a child is born in the United States to foreign parents. Unless the parents are foreign diplomats, the child generally becomes a citizen of the United States, as well as of the parents’ home nation. Similarly, if a child of U.S. citizens is born overseas, he or she may automatically become a citizen of both the United States and the country of birth, depending on that country’s laws.

Dual citizenship can also be achieved through specialized legal processes, such as when a foreign national marries a U.S. citizen. In this case, dual citizenship is not automatic but it is possible if the foreign national has been a permanent resident (a green card holder) for at least three years, has been living in a marital union with a U.S. citizen spouse during that time, and meets other eligibility requirements.

Benefits of Dual Citizenship


There are many benefits to being a dual citizen, from quality of living to global mobility.

Security

A second passport from a stable country can be life-saving in the event of any kind of political, economic or social unrest in one’s home country.

Global Mobility

A second passport can offer individuals from these countries increased global mobility.

Business

New business opportunities open up to dual citizens as they can now do business in the host country as well as travel abroad more freely.

Tax Optimization

Dual citizenship may prove advantageous for tax optimization purposes. For example, some countries only tax income earned from that country and do not subject capital gains to taxes either. This allows investors to manage their wealth more efficiently and effectively.

Quality of Life

Second citizenships can offer access to world-class health care, education and an improved lifestyle.

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