Why Dual Citizenship is a Travellers Best Friend- and how to get it!

Dual citizenship means that you are a citizen of multiple countries, through family heritage, length of stay or marriage. Being a multi-nationality holder gives you many rights that a single citizen would not have- like living, working and gaining medical care in the nations you hold passports for. Some countries do not permit dual citizenship- such as Austria and China.

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Who is eligible?

Unfortunately… not everyone! You are eligible to hold a second passport for another nation IF you have one of the following links to that country (and can prove it!) :

  • Citizenship by descent : Through your mother or father’s birthplace (for example- my father was born in Ireland and therefore I gained my Irish citizenship) or through a grandparent (My grandmother is Estonian- so I could have chosen Estonian if I wish (Australia only allows two countries at once).
  • Citizenship by birth on the country’s territory : If you were born there- you are a citizen. This goes for your parents too!  There are many different regulations for various countries- for example Australia requires one parent to be a national of the birthplace country to gain birth citizenship- but Canada and the US do not!
  • Citizenship by marriage : Some countries routinely give citizenship to spouses of its citizens, or may shorten the time for naturalization, but only in a few countries is citizenship granted on the wedding day (e.g. Iran).
  • Citizenship by naturalization. Once you live there long enough and pass a citizenship test- you gain it! For instance- My grandmother has lived in Australia over 30 years and has naturally become a dual citizen of Estonia and Australia.

 There are a few extra ways you can get around it.. but your best chance is to contact a local embassy and ask for the details to apply. That way you will get the best advice upfront!

Why is it so good?

  • You can work and travel through these countries and their allies (eg. the EU allows any EU passport holder to work or live without a visa in any EU country!)
  • You can gain medical assistance in the nation or allies for free (or cheaper)
  • You can skip those long ‘International Passport Holder’ queues in both countries!
  • Your children and grandchildren will have the SAME OPPORTUNITIES!

    Please keep in mind that countries amend nationality laws from time to time and is subjected to change:

    Dual Citizenships Allowed:

    Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bangladesh, Canada, Cyprus, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Africa (requires permission) , Egypt(requires prior permission), Greece, France, Finland, Germany (requires prior permission), Iraq, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Iceland, Sweden, Slovenia, Syria, Serbia, Armenia, Lebanon, Malta, Spain ( allows only with certain Latin American countries), Tonga, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka (by retention), Pakistan (accepts only with 16 countries), Portugal, Turkey (requires permission)

 

 

Dual Citizenships Not Allowed

(If primary citizenship is for this country and you are living there..)

Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan ,Burma, Bahrain, Botswana, Japan, China ,Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Estonia, Iran, Poland, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Japan, Peru, Kuwait , Kenya, Kazakhstan, Chile, Kiribati, Poland, Korea, Kuwait, Denmark, Latvia, Singapore, Slovakia, Ecuador, Lithuania, Solomon Islands ,Fiji ,Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Romania, Thailand, Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela, Norway, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal

SOURCE: http://www.dlgimmigration.com/united-states-citizenship/list-of-countries-that-allow-or-disallow-dual-citizenship/

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4 thoughts on “Why Dual Citizenship is a Travellers Best Friend- and how to get it!

  1. Hi, I’m an Australian citizen from birth and my grandfather was born in Estonia so I’m in possession of an Estonian passport also. My partner who is only de facto wants to move to Estonia with me for at least a few years and we will have a daughter by the time we go, I know my daughter can live there & gain dual citizenship but can my partner without being married Acfually live in Estonia? I’ll have an income for us three.

  2. Hi, My ex-husband and I are both Australian born and have australian passports. My son was born in the USA in Aug 2001 and previously had a USA passport. We were living in Detroit but have returned to Australia. My son now has Australian citizenship and a current Australian passport, but I was wondering if he can apply for a USA passport and dual citizenship ? My ex-husbund re-married an American and he lives between China & Florida where as I re-married an Australian an we are based in country Victoria. I would appreciate any information you can give me.

  3. Don’t forget the other benefits:

    1. If you are a citizen of a EU country, that means you have freedom of travel and can live/work anywhere in the EU without having to worry about visas or having time limits. That’s a tremendous advantage.

    2. There are parts of the world where you don’t necessarily *want* to be caught with a UK or American passport. I also have an Estonian passport – I am a citizen by descent of Estonia and also have a U.S. passport because I was born there – and I always say that if your bus is hijacked in some remote part of the world, more often than not they’re not going to be looking for all the Estonians to chop their heads off – they are going to be far more likely to be looking for the Brits or especially Americans. It’s just SAFER.

    3. You get all of the rights and privileges of both nations’ citizens without losing anything. There’s really no reason not to.

    However, just because your Grandparent or parent was born in a country does not make you automatically a citizen necessarily. E.g. with Estonia, citizenship is given to those descendants of a parent or Grandparent who was a citizen there prior to June of 1940 – this is to protect the ethnic Estonians living in other countries from losing their citizenship who, like me, were born overseas because their parent or grandparent was one of the refugee generation in WWII. If your family moved to Estonia AFTER 1940 or if your great, great, great, great grandparent left what is now Estonia in 1872, you are not entitled to citizenship.

    A lot of countries have very specific requirements for that kind of thing, so it is good to make very sure before you commit to go flying off to your nearest embassy – but certainly worth looking into.

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