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Potential disadvantages of dual citizenship

Immigrants in Georgia who wish to become naturalized citizens of the United States may want to find out whether their home country allows them to be dual citizens and whether having that status is advantageous. One issue they may wish to consider is income taxes. The United States taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, so there is often a possibility of double taxation. Those who are considering dual citizenship should find out whether their home country has an income tax treaty with the United States that would mitigate this problem.

Another consideration should be military service. It might be possible to lose U.S. citizenship by serving in the military of another country although this depends on circumstances. The United States will often make exceptions for countries that have mandatory military service for its citizens. However, if the country is at war with the United States or the person is an officer in the military, there could be a problem.

Dual citizens may run into trouble if they need the assistance of one of their governments. That assistance might be blocked by the other government in some circumstances. For example, an individual may come into conflict with the laws of one country for something that is not illegal in the other country where they have citizenship, but the other country might be unable to help them.

Those who are applying for citizenship or whose children may have dual citizenship through birth in the United States may wish to discuss these concerns with an attorney. The process of applying for citizenship may be lengthy and complex, and an attorney may also be able to assist at each stage, as incorrectly prepared documents may lead to delays or other problems. For people who are considering U.S. citizenship, attorneys may be able to advise regarding the different paths to and eligibility for naturalization.

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