I was born in California and automatically became a US citizen. I obtained the second nationality from my parents. Now I live in Turkey and the government offered me Turkish citizenship without asking me to renounce any previous ones. Are there any negative consquences for a US citizen in this scenario?

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    Third? USA, Turkey, and....?
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 15 '17 at 12:32
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    In addition to the question of whether all three countries allow multiple citizenship, consider the accumulation of citizen obligations. You already have the US tax and foreign account reporting obligations of a US citizen, as well as all the obligations of a citizen of your parents' country. You may be adding obligations to Turkey. Oct 15 '17 at 14:36
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    E.g. Vladimir Posner is a citizen of US, France, and Russia. I'd say this depends on a country, I remember a few friends in Turkey mentioning their country (either Turkey or the other one) didn't allow double citizenships or some such. Oct 15 '17 at 17:11
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    @ouflak: Do not revert-war improving the question. The specific nationalities matter.
    – smci
    Oct 16 '17 at 16:57
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    @ouflak: "Is holding a third citizenship allowed?" makes no sense without knowing those specific nationalities and the requirements, obligations and conflicts those involve. I did not change the nature of the question. I merely added missing details to title. Typically it is always good form to change the title if doing so improves specificity or clarity. If you disagree, go read 10 years of meta posts.
    – smci
    Oct 17 '17 at 17:45

The US does not generally restrict its citizens from having other nationalities. This doesn't depend on the number of other nationalities.

The same caveats that apply to dual nationality also apply, however. Taking another nationality is one of the statutory "potentially expatriating acts," but one cannot be deprived of US citizenship involuntarily, so citizenship is retained unless the act is done with the intention of relinquishing citizenship. The US generally presumes that no such intention exists.

You do not state what your other country of current citizenship is. That country might have a law that would cause you to lose its citizenship if you naturalize in Turkey.


Triple nationality is definitely possible.

My children have US citizenship (through their mother and their place of birth), UK citizenship (through me) and NZ citizenship (through naturalization).

  • Now you just need to move to South Korea and connect the globe.
    – insidesin
    Oct 16 '17 at 1:56
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    Foreigners getting the South Korean citizenship have to renounce their foreign citizenship(s). Conversely, Koreans getting a foreign citizenship will lose their Korean citizenship. So South Korea won't be a very good choice.
    – dda
    Oct 16 '17 at 2:53

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