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Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is a status given to an individual who is a citizen of two countries. In some cases, a person can hold citizenship with more than two countries. A person who seeks dual citizenship will sometimes face some obstacles when applying. Passport surrender and double taxation are two of the issues one may face. There are some countries that do not allow dual citizenship. To learn more about how dual citizenships work, you should take a look at the questions below regarding dual citizenship that have been answered by Experts.

If a Canadian becomes a U.S. citizens, can they still retain their Canadian citizenship?

Dual citizenship is allowed in some countries. However, many countries require a person who gains citizenship to release their citizenship with the other country. In some situations, a country will automatically remove a person's citizenship if that person gains citizenship with another country. As for Canada and the United States, there generally isn't an issue with dual citizenship.

I was born in the USA but moved to Canada and took Canadian Citizenship in Kitchener 1974. Since dual citizenship is allowed in both countries, will I have to pay U.S. taxes to visit my grandchildren?

There shouldn't be an issue with taxes in the United States simply by visiting your grandchildren. While you maintain citizenship with both countries, the U.S. doesn't require that you maintain American citizenship since you choose to live in Canada. By choosing to live in Canada, your actions show that you wish to be a Canadian rather than a citizen of the United States, therefore being taxed by the U.S. shouldn't be a concern.

How do I obtain dual citizenship in Argentina? I was told that I would qualify for dual citizenship if one of my parents were born in Argentina.

There is a straightforward approach to gaining citizenship in Argentina. You will have to receive a visa before living in Argentina. Once you have your visa, you can live there for one year. You will obtain a temporary residence permit. You will have to re-apply for your visa every year for 4 years. On the fourth year, once you have re-applied for the visa, you should receive permanent residency. Once you have lived in Argentina on a permanent residency, you are allowed to apply for citizenship. There is a website dedicated solely to traveling from the United States to Argentina. The website is through the U.S. Department of State:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1130.html in your situation, you have a parent that lives in Argentina. Because of this, you would be able to apply for a permanent visa through the Argentina consulate.

How do I apply for Dual Nationality as a South African citizen to retain my South African passport before applying for UK Naturalization?

In order to maintain a South African citizen, you will need to file a request for dual citizenship through South Africa before contact the UK and request citizenship. The UK doesn't require you to give up your South African passport when you become a citizen of the UK.

These are the forms that will need filled out and sent to the High Commission:
http://www.southafrica-canada.ca/Consular/downloads/bi-1664.pdf
http://www.southafrica-canada.ca/Consular/downloads/bi-529.pdf

You will have to submit a certified copy of your South African ID or passport, your South African Birth Certificate, and a sworn affidavit that says you have not gained another citizenship. All of the certified copies must be cleared by a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths.

There are many reasons for an individual to seek dual citizenship. Many times a person will face hurdles when applying for dual citizenship. When the issues arise, so do the questions. If you are having issues with applying for a dual citizenship or just have questions concerning the process, you should ask an Expert to assist you.

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