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Old 06-01-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: East bay, California
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I recently found out that I have citizenship in both Japan and the United States, however before I become 22 I will be legally required to abandon my citizenship to one of these countries. I would have really liked to have been able to keep my dual nationality. Do you agree or disagree with the policy of having to abandon one of your citizenships if you are of dual nationality?
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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Different countries handle this in different ways. For example, my friend was born in the UK but grew up here in the USA and is a US citizen. She has a British passport and a US passport. The UK recognizes her as a "dual" citizen. The US only recognizes her US citizenship - they do not honor her British citizenship.

Personally, I think dual citizenship is bogus - maybe especially for a US citizen but also, I'd think, for any person who loves their country. I take the pledge of allegiance and my rights and responsibilities as a US citizen seriously. My pledge is to this country and this country only.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Maryland about 20 miles NW of DC
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Different countries handle this in different ways. For example, my friend was born in the UK but grew up here in the USA and is a US citizen. She has a British passport and a US passport. The UK recognizes her as a "dual" citizen. The US only recognizes her US citizenship - they do not honor her British citizenship.

Personally, I think dual citizenship is bogus - maybe especially for a US citizen but also, I'd think, for any person who loves their country. I take the pledge of allegiance and my rights and responsibilities as a US citizen seriously. My pledge is to this country and this country only.


There is one useful thing about having dual status and two passports (i.e. US and a third country i.e Britain). There are times when you might be ashamed or get into trouble presenting foreign officials with a US passport. For example, travel to places like Iran, Cuba, or Venezula. A US passport is not valid for travel to Cuba and a Cuban visa stamp is illegal and evidence that you have broken US law.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I'm a dual Citizen but I'm not allowed to have 2 passports. I only have my American Passport. I am, however, allowed to vote in both countries. I love being a dual Citizen. Although, I only vote in the United States since I live here I like having the option of voting in both countries. I don't think is right to have to "give up" citizenship in one country.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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You might investigate dual NATIONALITY. Nationality is a characteristic of birth, while citizenship is a political liberty.
Americans can get a passport as an American national OR a U.S. citizen.
You might have to choose which nation you wish to exercise political liberty, vote and hold office, but that shouldn't affect your dual nationality status.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:46 PM
 
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Personally, I think dual citizenship is bogus - maybe especially for a US citizen but also, I'd think, for any person who loves their country. I take the pledge of allegiance and my rights and responsibilities as a US citizen seriously. My pledge is to this country and this country only.
No, it's not "bogus". My daughter, a born US citizen, married an Australian. She now holds dual citizenship. Since she is living and working in Australia, and contributing just as any born citizen would, there is no reason for her not to be recognized as a citizen of that good country. But on the other hand, there is no reason for her to give up her US citizenship, either.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:57 PM
 
Location: East bay, California
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I'm not certain but from what I've read so far the two terms seem to be used interchangebly, at least in regards to japanese policy. According to the united states embassy in japan "If you do not choose a nationality, you may lose your Japanese nationality. Because of this, it is important to consider this issue carefully". Also "The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time".
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