You want to become a US citizen, but are you worried that upon naturalization, you’ll lose the citizenship and the passport from your native country? That’s a very valid concern because the reality is that the passports of many other countries will allow you greater freedom of travel and may even provide you with other valuable benefits such as free healthcare and pensions. Will you lose it all if you naturalize in the US?
If you’re concerned about losing the citizenship from your native country when you naturalize here in the US, then you should consult an immigration attorney in YOUR country of birth. Surprisingly, US laws are silent on the issue, and US laws will NOT remove your native citizenship upon naturalization. There’s also no requirement for you relinquish your native citizenship in order to naturalize.
As a matter of fact, the very first sentence of the Oath of Allegiance that you’ll be taking clearly states so:
“I hereby declare on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”
You’re renouncing any “allegiance and fidelity” to your native country. And “allegiance and fidelity” are mental states, not legal issues. Allegiance and fidelity taken together is the loyalty that you as a citizen of another country feel for the country. So you’re renouncing the loyalty, but not the citizenship. That’s why there are a lot of people in the United States, both, native born and naturalized, with dual or even triple and quadruple nationalities.
But, retuning to our topic, if you’re concerned about losing your native nationality, at least check with your embassy *before* applying for naturalization. Some countries, for example, will automatically allow you to keep your native nationality, others will permanently strip it away from you, others will strip it away from you but allow you to reapply for it, and others will allow you to keep it if you take certain steps.
For example, Canada couldn’t care less and will allow you to keep your Canadian citizenship if you naturalize in the U.S. On the other hand, a quick visit to the German embassy website shows that “German citizens who wish to naturalize in the US require a so-called Retention Permit to keep German citizenship (“Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”) in order not to lose their German citizenship through naturalization abroad (Sect. 17, 25 German citizenship law).”
Often people ask me, is it wise to keep dual or triple citizenship? I say it’s generally wise. You never know when you’ll need another passport, so why abandon that option if you don’t have to?
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