Is Dual Citizenship Allowed for Naturalizing American Citizens?


This is Immigration Attorney Parviz Malakoutii, and this is an American passport and this is an Iranian passport. Can one person have both passports at the same time? The answer is yes. Is it legal for a US citizen to have dual citizenship, a Citizen of United States and citizen of another country at the same time? The answer is yes, of course. There are millions of dual US citizens. If you already knew the answer to that, you don’t have to watch the rest of this video. If you have any doubts about that, keep watching this video. Okay. So first of all I get asked the question fairly often from people who are naturalizing: “When I become a U.S. Citizen, do I have to give up the nationality of the other country that I came from?” The answer is no not necessarily but it depends. You do have to check on something and I’ll get to that in a moment. First of all, [with] the naturalization, application one common misconception that’s floating around is that it requires you in the application to renounce your other citizenship and the answer is no it does not. It actually asks you to renounce a hereditary title if you have one. So that means if you are a prince or a queen or baron in another country, you have to be willing to renounce that title. So if you’re not a king or a queen in another country, don’t worry about it. What about the oath ceremony? Now this is a better question. Actually, when you become a citizen, when you naturalize in the United States, you are required to give the following oath and I’m going read it actually off of page 20 of the N400. It says: “I hereby declare on oath that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.” Now that can be confusing, right? That sounds like it’s squarely making you give up your other citizenship. No, actually, it’s not. U.S. law has basically held up the ability of an individual to have both U.S. citizenship and another citizenship. This line means That you are 100% subject to United States laws. You can’t have divided loyalties. That’s what this means, and in fact The Department of State website actually has a little blurb Which clearly states actually that it’s not against U.S. law to have dual citizenship. So under what cases could it be that you have to give up your other citizenship to get U.s. citizenship? Remember I referred to that the beginning of the video? And that’s if your other country forbids having dual citizenship So if you are from another country that forbids having dual citizenship, it could be that when you naturalize in the United States that you end up running into jeopardy [with] or having to give up your other citizenship from the other country. Two things. I’m going to include a link to the Department of State website that refers to what I mentioned and secondly I’m going to put a link in the description to an excellent Nolo article, which describes your ability to to be a dual U.S. citizen with another country. That’s it If you have any questions or comments, feel free to put them in the comment section or send me an email. Thank you

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