>It's my understanding that the USA does not recognize dual citizenship. Of
>course, you'll have to go out of your way for this to really affect you.
This is not the case. There is a farely large (but seemingly thorough) file
concerning dual citizenship that can be retrieved in one of the two
>The current version of this file is available via Internet anonymous FTP
>from mks-gate.mks.com (18.104.22.168), as "usr/richw/dualcit".
>An up-to-date copy of this file can also be obtained via e-mail by send-
>ing a message to me ([log in to unmask]) as follows:
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Some excerpts this file:
If you have been a dual citizen from birth or childhood, or else
became a citizen of another country =after= already having US citi-
zenship, and the other country in question does not have any laws
or regulations requiring you to renounce your US citizenship, then
current US law unambiguously assures your right to keep both citi-
. . .
It indeed =used= to be the case in the US that you couldn't hold
dual citizenship (except in certain cases if you had dual citizen-
ship from birth or childhood).
However, most of the laws forbidding dual citizenship were struck
down in 1967 by the US Supreme Court. The court's decision in the
1967 case, as well as a second case in 1980, eventually made its way
explicitly into the statute books in 1986; up till that time, the
old rules were still on the books, but the State Department was
effectively under court order to ignore them.
Rules against dual citizenship still apply to some extent, however,
to people who wish to become US citizens via naturalization. The
Supreme Court chose to leave in place the requirement that new citi-
zens must renounce their old citizenship during US naturalization.
The official US State Department policy on dual citizenship today is
that the United States does not =favor= dual nationality as a matter
of policy because of various problems they feel it may cause, but
the existence of dual status is =recognized= in individual cases.
That is, if you ask them if you ought to become a dual citizen, they
will recommend against doing it; but if you tell them you =are= a
dual citizen, they'll usually say it's OK.
. . .
Sorry for the length of this rather un-Celtic post, but since a number of
speculations about this issue have already arisen (and I had a resource) I
felt a need to provide some clarification. I suggest if anyone has a
burning interest, they ought to get this document, since it covers a variety
of other related questions and cites and details the actual Supreme court
cases involved, etc.
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