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Can you be a dual citizen of the United States?

You've likely always heard about becoming a dual citizen, which means that you hold citizenship in two countries. Many people seek dual citizenship between the United States and other countries. Before you do, you should recognize one interesting fact. That fact is that the United States doesn't formally recognize dual citizenship.

Even though the United States doesn't formally recognize dual citizenship, but that doesn't mean you can't have it. The government is not for or against it, legally or politically. On the whole, you will not have to give up citizenship as an American to have citizenship elsewhere or vice versa. The government, essentially, only cares if you are a citizen of the United States and not about what other countries you also have citizenship in.

How do you obtain dual citizenship?

There are a few ways. One of the common ways is to be born to a parent who is a citizen of the United States while your parents live in another country. Another way is to become a naturalized U.S. citizen and to retain your citizenship in another country. You can also obtain U.S. citizenship and then obtain a second citizenship in another country.

When you live in America or hold U.S. citizenship, you need to keep up-to-date on tax laws and other requirements. Even if you are not in the country, it is up to you to fulfill your duties as a citizen no matter where you are. Your attorney can go through the requirements when you seek dual citizenship, so you know what to expect.

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