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Will it be possible to get French citizenship?

I was born in Tunisia. My great grandfather is French by birth. We have all of the papers to prove that. He got married in Tunisia and had kids, he didn't register his kids with the French consulate ...
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Can I claim French citizenship by descent if my French father passed away in 1992?

My father was a French citizen but he passed away in 1992 in India. He lived in France and passed away during his visit to India. My mom and I are still Indians as we couldn't track my dad's documents....
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Can I get a UK passport?

I was born in the United States in 1980 to a British father and American mother. My father still lives in the US and has a green card. At the time of my birth, no attempt was made to get me a passport ...
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Grandfather served in the French army for 4.5 years: Can I get French nationality?

I am Indian citizen and my grandfather served in the French army for 4.5 years in France in second world war time. My grandfather registered only my paternal uncle as French citizen and he is ...
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As a French PhD student in the US, what can I do to get the US citizenship as quickly as possible?

I (French citizen) started a PhD in computer science in the US one year and a half ago: what can I do to get the US citizenship as quickly as possible?
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Acquiring Dutch Nationality

My father was born in the Netherlands, moved to SA in 1959, but became a South African citizen before I was born in 1967. My son (27), however, wishes to apply for Dutch citizenship. Is this at all ...
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Staying outside the US between 6 and 12 months while keeping US employment & US home: will it disrupt the continuity of residence for naturalization?

I read on 8 C.F.R. 316.5(c)(1)(i), echoed by https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-12-part-d-chapter-3: (c) Disruption of continuity of residence - (1) Absence from the United States - (i) For ...
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Can I get French citizenship if my grandfather had a French passport?

My grandfather went to Russia in 1934 to study in Moscow. He had an Indian passport (under British rule) and travelled there from Kenya via Germany and France. On his return, he went through France, ...
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What countries offer descendant citizenship (by blood) further back than 1 generation?

Most countries can offer citizenship to people with at least one parent that is currently a citizen. What countries' (if any) nationality laws exist that will allow citizenship by blood for people ...
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Under what circumstances must a US citizen forfeit their citizenship when obtaining a new one?

For some reason I have been under the impression that US law prohibits US citizens from retaining their citizenship if they ever obtain a new citizenship. Is this always, sometimes, or never true? ...
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Does derivation of US citizenship through parents' naturalization cause loss of German citizenship?

This question is about eligibility for German/US dual citizenship when a minor acquires US citizenship at the time that his parents naturalize. Suppose a child is born outside of the United States to ...
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Can I lose my US citizenship for accepting employment with a foreign government?

In my US passport, there's a section entitled "Important Information" located just before the visa pages. Item number 13 deals with circumstances in which one might lose their US citizenship (emphasis ...
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If you have dual South African and New Zealand citizenship, are you able to get an Australian one as well?

Or will you be required to give up one of the other two citizenships before you are able to gain it?
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I have received the green card: what should I keep track of to be prepared to apply for naturalization in five years?

I have received the green card: what should I keep track of to be prepared to apply for naturalization in five years? For example, one needs to be able to provide the accurate travel history of the ...
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Mother lost French citizenship due to US naturalization, then regained it due to change in law. Was I born French?

My mother was born a French citizen in Algeria in 1952. She emigrated to the U.S. And was naturalized in 1970 or so. French law only permitted men to hold dual citizenship until 1973, at which point ...
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Can stateless individuals in the European Union legally reside and work there?

I am curious if anyone has found a solution to staying in the E.U. as a stateless person, with rights to reside and work? A U.S. citizen is allowed to formally renounce their U.S. citizenship at any U....
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If my father earned French citizenship, do I have the right to apply for it?

My father became a French citizen about 9-10 years ago. I am a 16-year old Syrian living in Turkey. Can I apply for citizenship or something at the French Consulate? I have no idea about the laws ...
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Born in USA to French father - how do I prove it?

Does anyone know what proof you have to give that your father was French? He passed away years ago. He served in the French Navy. Would proof of that be good enough?
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Do I have British citizenship by descent?

I'm curious to see if I am eligible for British citizenship. My brothers and I were born in the US between 1957 and 1961 to an English mother (she was born in England) and a British father (he was ...
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Do I qualify for a Dutch passport through my grandfather?

I might have all of this completely wrong, so I am sorry if that is the case. As far as I know, you can apply for British citizenship if you have a British grandparent. Is the same true for the ...
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Apply for Portuguese citizenship from India?

My father had a Portuguese citizenship. I am a full-time student in India. Can I and my brother claim or acquire Portuguese citizenship through my father?
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Expat needing to know about renouncing US citizenship

Ok, If you renounce your US citizenship and are stateless, can you work? Can you register for residency? Everything I have read or watched, seems to just brush over a lot of the details. I am really ...
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How many days does the 30-month presence requirement for the US naturalization (N-400 form) represent?

I read on the U.S. Naturalization Requirements Information (mirror): An applicant for naturalization must [...] show that [they] have been physically present in the United States for 30 months. How ...
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Can a naturalised British citizen live anywhere in the world without losing UK citizenship?

Following up on How do i get a British citizenship?, I realised that one of the requirements is you’ll continue to live in the UK When googling for the question I'm asking here, unofficial ...
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Dutch-born, Belgian nationality, living in South Africa, can I get Dutch citizenship?

I was born in Nijmegen on 23.03.1943. My mother before her marriage was Dutch and was born in Meppel. She married my father who had Belgian nationality at the time of their marriage and of my birth, ...
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If a naturalization applicant has stayed in the US only for slightly over 30 months for the past 5 years, is it likely to derail their application?

If a naturalization applicant has stayed in the US only for 30 months + epsilon (e.g., a few days) over the past 5 years, is it likely to derail their application (assume all stays abroad were below 6 ...
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Can't renounce my citizenship due to being a deserter; can I apply for a German citizenship?

I'm a Turkish citizen who is studying in Germany for the last 5 years. As you might not know, in Turkey, there is compulsory military service for every men. But, I don't want to do it (I don't even ...
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My father is French can I get French citizenship?

My father was born in France (to French parents) and has a French passport. I am a 26yo Australian citizen. Can I get French citizenship? I have read a lot about it on various forums but was unable ...
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How can a minor foreign-born child of a US citizen parent and non-US citizen parent get US citizenship if the US citizen parent refuses?

Zork, 12, was born in a foreign country to a US citizen parent and a non-US citizen parent. At the time of Zork's birth, the US citizen parent had (and currently has) all the requirements to pass US ...
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How do I get a British citizenship?

I want to move to United Kingdom and I already know that I want to get a citizenship. What can I prepare in advance so I can spread the cost over before applying. Are there any tests to get a ...
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Cheapest commonwealth nationality to acquire

I have a US citizen friend who is a (legal, permanent) resident in the UK (ie with ILR), who would like to vote, but naturalisation as a British Citizen is very expensive - £906 is the current fee. ...
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Am I a UK citizen by descent, and can I get a passport as an adult?

I was born in the USA to a British mother and American father in 1986, but they were never married. According to gov.uk… You might be a British citizen However, you might not be a British ...
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UK Nationality Applications and Previous Overstays

I saw that the Home Office has published new guidance for people applying for British Nationality (March 2015). Most notably, the section on good character has been profoundly expanded; it now ...
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Apply for British citizenship under a British mother born before 1983

I am trying to apply for a British passport. I have learned that since I was born to a British mother and an American father, and was born in 1972, that I do not qualify under my mother for ...
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What is the process to cancel my child's Chinese citizenship?

My child is born in Macau, I am Australian, and my wife is from Mainland China. My children by law can not be Macanese citizens or residents as neither the mother nor the father has Macanese ...
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How to prove my father is a French citizen if he refuses to confirm we are his children?

I was born in Djibouti and my father was born before the independence. We have helped him reclaim his French citizenship and now it seems that he is giving us the cold shoulder. We found out that he ...
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Recognizing French nationality through my mother

Thank you ahead of time for reading this and helping me understand if I can claim French nationality for me and potentially my children through my mother's nationality. I've read a number of the ...
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Does a person lose their original citizenship when they become a naturalized citizen in the United States?

Here's the story. My wife was born in Peru, according to Peruvian law that granted her citizenship according to Jus Soli, additionally we still have her original passport from Peru. She was adopted ...
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What happens to a Chinese-born citizen who acquires American citizenship by their parents naturalizing?

I was reading up on Chinese nationality law about dual citizenship. I noticed the law states: Article 9: Any Chinese national who has settled abroad and who has been naturalized as a foreign ...
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Am I A Legal French Citizen?

My grandfather Jean Jacques Mialocq, was born Oct. 11, 1859 in Maslacq, France to two French citizens. My father, Urbain Leopold “Frenchy” Mialocq, born in San Francisco in 1914, was a dual French/...
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Do Canada and France allow their citizens to have 2 other citizenships?

For an individual being a citizen of both France and Canada, is it possible to obtain a third citizenship ? Let's assume this third country allows 3 or more citizenships, I am not interested in ...
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Am I eligible for a Dutch passport when only my grandparents had citizenship?

Hoping someone can help me here, I am wanting to apply for a Dutch passport. My grandparents were born in Holland as was my father, but they moved to South Africa when he was 3 or so. from what I ...
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How long does the German naturalization process take?

I hear cases like Greece and Italy, that it takes even years for the passport to get issued, after one applies for it. Assuming one has fulfilled all the requirements to obtain a German citizenship, ...
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When shall one provide documentation to establish that one didn't disrupt the continuity of one's residence in the US during an extended absence?

In the case of a stay outside the US between 6 and 12 months while keeping US employment & US home, a green card holder may show that it doesn't disrupt the continuity of residence for ...