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.
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