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Considerations to make before applying for dual citizenship

Is dual citizenship right for you? It is important to understand what dual citizenship is as well as the advantages and disadvantages to having dual citizenship. 

Dual citizenship is when you are a citizen of two countries. Dual citizenship can happen automatically, like if you are born in the United States to parents who are citizens of another country. You would also be a citizen of that country, too. The same goes for if your parents are U.S. citizens and you are born in a foreign country. 

Individuals can also apply for dual citizenship. Many people who marry a U.S. citizen apply for dual citizenship after becoming a permanent resident for at least three years and meeting other requirements. 

Dual citizenship can have many benefits, including the option to work, travel and live in two different countries. However, there are some potential issues to consider before obtaining dual citizenship, including: 

  • Abiding by both country's laws can be complicated, especially if you are accused of a crime in one country. 
  • You may be subject to mandatory military service in both countries. 
  • You will have to pay taxes in both countries. 
  • Dual citizenship can prevent you from obtaining certain security clearances for your career. 

It is best to work with an immigration attorney if you are thinking about applying for dual citizenship in the U.S. The process for applying for citizenship can be complex. Having a lawyer on your side can ensure all options are explored and the application process goes as smoothly as possible. 

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