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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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What can I expect in the "Life in the UK Test"

To get an English citizenship you usually have to take the "Life in the UK Test". Apart from reading the handbook, what can I do to get prepared for this test?
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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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What happens when Chinese acquire foreign citizenship?

China doesn't recognize dual citizenship. What are the practical consequences today if a Chinese citizen also acquires the citizenship of another country, but does not formally renounce their Chinese ...
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Is there any benefit in having two EU nationalities?

Given the single market and many of the EU directives that apply are there any benefits other then patriotism or nationalism that would advocate for having two or more EU citizenships?
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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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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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Can I be a citizen of a country but do not have the right to live there?

Under what conditions can I be a citizen of a country but do not have the right to live there? The question arose while reading the VWP conditions for a travel in the USA... where suddenly I've ...
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What is the difference between Indefinite Leave to Remain and gaining UK Citizenship?

I am an Australian living and working in the UK on an Ancestry Visa. I have been here for 4 years, and my Visa expires in another 1 year. My wife is a British Citizen, and we would like to stay here ...
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What level of knowledge of the Polish language do I need to receive Polish citizenship?

Living in Poland for a bit over a year now as a resident (married to a Polish citizen). Going to request Polish citizenship once I'm eligible, (living in Poland for two years, married for three). I ...
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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 changes in nationality affects indefinite leave to remain

I hold Pakistani passport and hold Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Recently I have been offered Bahraini nationality (my country of birth) which would mean I will have to give up my Pakistani ...
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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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How does gaining a second citizenship affect a prenuptial agreement?

My wife and I are US citizens and got married prior to moving to the UK. Before getting married we signed a prenuptial agreement. If we become UK citizens will the prenuptial agreement still be valid? ...
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Consequences of changing Ukrainian for Russian Citizenship for an Expat living in France

I am an Ukrainian Citizen married to a French citizen and living in France of a French Residence Permit for as yet limited validity, obtained based on my marriage certificate + Spouse Visa as granted ...
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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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Could one renounce one's native citizenship in order to prevent a second, naturalized citizenship from being revoked?

Before I start, I want to say that I am asking this out of pure curiosity and interest. I am not in this situation, and I do not know anyone in this situation. I read that the Norwegian Directorate ...
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Why does the oath of loyalty to the United States that new U.S. citizens must swear mention seem to include renouncing all foreign citizenships?

New U.S. citizens must swear the following oath of loyalty to the United States (quote from https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-test/naturalization-oath-allegiance-united-states-...
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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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What groups should you / must you disclose?

On the form to apply for US citizenship (N-400) Part 11, item 9A asks: Have you ever been a member of, involved in, or in any way associated with, any organizations, associations, fund, foundation,...
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Dutch citizenship by naturalization regulations

I currently reside in the Netherlands as a scientific researcher. I have a valid residence card and employment contract. There are some prospects for me to begin a PhD at a large university here. ...
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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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How to get proof of Cambodian nationality?

My parents were born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and they left the country because of the “Khmer Rouge” genocide. We are now living in France but they would like to go back in Cambodia and settle there. ...
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How far back does USA care where you lived, when applying for citizenship based on 3+ years of marriage

This has 2 questions that I felt were sufficiently related to be together in one posting. I have marked the questions in bold text. According to the information here at uscis.gov, a person may ...
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U.S. naturalization: 5 years vs. 3 years married, which faster/smoother?

I am about to apply for U.S. naturalization and qualify for two of the eligibility criteria, namely, both : "I am at least 18 years of age and have been a lawful permanent resident of the United ...
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Turkish ex-national currently living in Germany without citizenship anywhere [closed]

To explain the title: due to former political activity opposing the Erdogan administration, my Turkish citizenship has now been withdrawn. I was aware of the looming danger of this happening, for ...
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Accumulate years for eventual citizenship at any EU country?

I have a residence permit in the Netherlands and have been working in the country for about 2 years. I am currently thinking about switching jobs and would like to keep options open beyond the ...
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Mother refuses to allow child to become US citizen

I am the father of a nearly 2-year old daughter. I was present for her birth in the Philippines. I am a US citizen by birth and lived most of my life in the US. I acknowledged paternity and the ...
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U.S. student gaining citizenship in France?

I'm a U.S. citizen looking at studying in Europe. Right now France or Germany seem like the best/cheapest places (but open to suggestions!). I've had a few people tell me that if you graduate from a ...
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What additional paperwork do I need to complete after I become a US citizen?

After I become a US citizen and I obtain my Certificate of Naturalization, are there any other processes that I need to complete? I have heard that I might need to go to the Social Security office, ...
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Portuguese citizenship card application in India?

I have registered my birth in Portugal. Now I want to know the procedure of applying for Portuguese citizenship card in India, also called Cartao de Cidadao. I don't know what all documents I will ...
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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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What is the process to get American green card and citizenship while on a H1B visa?

What process needs to be followed in order to acquire an American Green Card and subsequent citizenship if one is in the US on an H1B ?
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Any exemption on the grounds of age for obtaining British Nationality?

I have been living in the UK for the past 25 years on an ILR. I am over 80 years of age and would now like to acquire British nationality but no longer have the mental retention to complete the ...
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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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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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Living in Sweden & Denmark- building citizenship

I'm currently an EU citizen...however that EU citizenship is British thus is greatly under threat. Further I'm an ethnic minority so...let's just say I don't feel safe with the direction the UK is ...
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Am I automatically a British citizen?

I was born in 1946 in Canada. My mother was British & came to Canada after the war. Am I automatically a British citizen? Also, I have been living in Australia for the past 40 years & have ...
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Getting back a renounced citizenship

I have Canadian and American citizenships and plan on obtaining a third citizenship in a country that requires me to renounce my present two citizenships. I want to know about the process to get back ...
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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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Born in France before jus soli was repealed (but in the same year)

As mentioned here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_nationality_law The 1993 Méhaignerie Law required children born in France of foreign parents to request French nationality at adulthood, ...
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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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Will I forfeit my French citizenship when taking on US citizenship?

I am a French citizen living in the US for many years with a green card. I am looking to obtain my US citizenship. Will I loose my French citizenship or can I keep dual nationalities?
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Bridging visa effects on Australian citizenship

I thought I recently became eligible for Australian Citizenship, but after calling DIBP, I discovered my four years started counting after I was granted a bridging visa. What was the time I spent on ...
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Irish citizenship revoked if I live abroad after naturalization?

One of my initial questions on this site:) I have been searching about Irish naturalization requirements on the internet since quite some time and I see all the usual requirements: 5 years residence, ...
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UK immigration application: Evidence / Proof that I lived there (EU citizen, no passport stamps)

I want to apply for UK citizenship, I am an EU national and have studied in the UK for 6 years, with one year interruption (so: 1 year, abroad for a year, and then another 5 years in the UK). My ...
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Is he still a US national after giving up his US citizenship?

I have some doubts on the definitions of US national and US citizenship. Let's suppose: A man was born in Los Angeles, CA. So he was a US national and US citizen. When he was 18 years old, he gave up ...
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My grandfather was an Estonian, can I get a EU Citizenship?

I'm from Argentina, and I have some papers proving that he was an Estonian citizen, would it be possible for me to get EU citizenship? Here where I live there is no Estonian embassy, unfortunately.
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My native country of Pakistan does not accept dual nationality, am I still a citizen?

My native country Pakistan has dual nationality arrangements with 16 countries. What happens if I acquire a citizenship of a country which is not in this list? If I do not renounce my Pakistani ...
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