Dual Citizenship, a concept that bothers many nowadays because of globalization and migration of people on a large scale in search of a better life. In this article, we have addressed the concern and provided the due process required to apply for dual citizenship in the United States of America.
What is Dual Citizenship?
It is a concept which defines that a person can enjoy the rights of two nations and has some responsibility towards both. After the 19th century when the migration of people started taking place on large numbers, nations become more liberal in terms of citizenship rules. They started accepting migrants from other countries and from there this concept comes into being. But still, many nations don’t accept dual citizenship, for example, China and India.
Does the USA support Dual Citizenship?
USCIS has no particular form for dual citizenship so technically no, the USA doesn’t support dual citizenship. Even in the “oath of allegiance” it speaks about shedding any allegiance towards the nation a person earlier belongs to.
But still, people are enjoying it in the USA and we tell you how.
Rules for Dual Citizenship
First and most important look for whether from the country you are coming supports it or not. As the United States of America has not predetermined the concept or officially banned it, one can enjoy dual citizenship. The only factor is the country one is coming from. If that country allows dual citizenship so does the USA.
Here is the list of countries that supports it
|Country of origin||support Dual U.S. Citizenship?||More Information|
|Canada||Yes||Canadian citizens who are living in the USA can keep their citizenship|
|China||No||Chinese citizens immediately lose their citizenship after being naturalized in the USA|
|Cuba||Uncertain||Cuban has no official stand whether its citizen will lose his/her citizenship or not|
|Dominican Republic||Yes||Dominican supports Dual Citizenship whoever got naturalized in the USA.|
|El Salvador||Yes||El Salvador citizen who is now the USA citizen can only keep Salvador citizenship if he/she has born in El Salvador.|
|India||Not entirely||An Indian citizen who has been naturalized in the USA loses its citizenship. But the government has come up with OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card which is for the person who is no longer citizen but can enjoy certain rights. But cannot take part in political activity.|
|Mexico||Yes||Mexicans can keep their citizenship but cannot take part in elections. Also, those who have been naturalized before 1998 have lost their Mexican citizenship if had not applied within five years.|
|United Kingdom||Yes||The UK has the concept of Dual Citizenship in their constitution so they can also keep their citizenship even after being naturalized in the USA|
How to apply in the USA
Once you know that your country supports dual citizenship visit the USCIS office or US consulate and apply for Green Card the same as every other person does. The Department of immigration only wants you to fulfill all the conditions related to Green card or normalization.
And the conditions for becoming the USA citizen are:
- Since when you are living in the USA.
- One must have a green card for at least 3 years (If he/she has got it through marriage) or 5 years (for others).
- One must not have any criminal record.
- One should be 18 years old or above.
- In waiting period should not have left the USA for more than 6 months.
- From the state, one is applying for citizenship must have a home (can be rented one) or has been staying for at least 3 months.
- Must have passed the naturalization test.
- One should be ready to serve in the military whenever one will be asked to do so.
- And the respect towards the constitution of the USA.