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#1 katej0203

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 01:59 PM

I am still at the beginning of the process, but am wondering...

I am presently a British citizen, and will eventually reach the stage where I am to consider having an American citizenship. I dont have any family based reasons to apply for it, but it would save me having to renew a green card in the future.

Can I keep my British citizenship too? Does anyone have both? Any opinions?
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#2 NickD

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 04:27 PM

QUOTE (katej0203 @ Jun 7 2008, 01:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am still at the beginning of the process, but am wondering...

I am presently a British citizen, and will eventually reach the stage where I am to consider having an American citizenship. I dont have any family based reasons to apply for it, but it would save me having to renew a green card in the future.

Can I keep my British citizenship too? Does anyone have both? Any opinions?


Hey old chap, if youse guys won the War of 1812 you wouldn't be asking this question and we would have national health care and we could call the Beatles our own.

But really don't know the answer to your question, I could ask the queen, or do I have to ask Brown now? Heard Blair is history, something about pushing the UK into a middleeast war. What about you coming to Canada? Do you need a work visa? We didn't use to until many of our American jobs went up there, US corporations like saving money on health insurance costs. LOL.
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#3 thedeepsea

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:15 PM

I have been reading this forum for a while and i saw your post and had to answer it myself. I too am a brit and am at the end of my Naturalization process. You can legally have dual nationality as a brit and as an american. I also applied for the nationality to reduce to burden of having to renew my GC.
Hope that helps.
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:47 AM

I applying for naturalization because I can be a British and a US citizen at the same time. It's great that you can be both, otherwise I would have to think a lot harder. And anyways, the good old Queenie doesn't allow you to renounce your British citizenship anyways...............
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 06:34 PM

QUOTE (katej0203 @ Jun 7 2008, 01:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am still at the beginning of the process, but am wondering...

I am presently a British citizen, and will eventually reach the stage where I am to consider having an American citizenship. I dont have any family based reasons to apply for it, but it would save me having to renew a green card in the future.

Can I keep my British citizenship too? Does anyone have both? Any opinions?


As previously advised, as a British citizen, you can hold dual citizenship with the US. However remember that as a US Citizen you will be responsible for filing a tax return each year with the IRS, WHEREVER you live and this tax return requires you to report GLOBAL income i.e. all income received from anywhere. The good news is that if your income does not exceed $82,000 pa (indexed each year) then you don't pay tax, BUT you still must complete a tax return.
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE (katej0203 @ Jun 7 2008, 02:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am still at the beginning of the process, but am wondering...

I am presently a British citizen, and will eventually reach the stage where I am to consider having an American citizenship. I dont have any family based reasons to apply for it, but it would save me having to renew a green card in the future.

Can I keep my British citizenship too? Does anyone have both? Any opinions?




O.k.....first of all....you have a LONG way to go before you even begin to *think* about that....one day at a time.

Second of all....will ALL Brits STOP ASKING ABOUT DUAL CITIZENSHIP....for crying out loud READ....it gets asked here every single forsaken day!!!! there must be 100+ topics on "dual british/u.s. citizenship"....READ!!!!!!!

sorry....but after so many years on this vj board i think i've finally xploded....anyone else feel the same?
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#7 thedeepsea

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:42 PM

The funny thing is if one was to look at the first few pages of the British Passport it is written there that we can hold Dual Nationality.
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#8 tammiandtom

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 08:04 AM

US does not recognize the dual citizenship with Britain, but Britain does. There you go.
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 12:44 PM

I'm in the final throes of naturalization -- if I couldn't keep my UK citizenship then I wouldn't be going through it in the first place (we're sick and tired of the USCIS and basically just want to be done with having to deal the broken, expensive and frustrating US immigration system! -- not to mention, I've been dealing with "taxation without representation" for the past nine years so am rather looking forward to being able to vote!!). As an aside, if my husband and I ever move to the UK, he's said that he'll reciprocate and take UK citizenship, if he's able to.

Tammi's right -- when you take US citizenship, the US won't recognize your UK citizenship, but you're still able to take dual citizenship.

Anyway, good luck with the whole immigration process!
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#10 Hannah+Vito

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE (laura19angel @ Jun 8 2008, 06:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I applying for naturalization because I can be a British and a US citizen at the same time. It's great that you can be both, otherwise I would have to think a lot harder. And anyways, the good old Queenie doesn't allow you to renounce your British citizenship anyways...............



QUOTE (miri @ Jun 9 2008, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm in the final throes of naturalization -- if I couldn't keep my UK citizenship then I wouldn't be going through it in the first place (we're sick and tired of the USCIS and basically just want to be done with having to deal the broken, expensive and frustrating US immigration system! -- not to mention, I've been dealing with "taxation without representation" for the past nine years so am rather looking forward to being able to vote!!). As an aside, if my husband and I ever move to the UK, he's said that he'll reciprocate and take UK citizenship, if he's able to.

Tammi's right -- when you take US citizenship, the US won't recognize your UK citizenship, but you're still able to take dual citizenship.

Anyway, good luck with the whole immigration process!



from what i have read on the internet courtesy of google should i the brit apply for citerzenship i will be concidered a duel nationional and entitled to both passports however only UK recognises the fact of the duel and not the US. It is also my understanding that the only way i could loose my UK nationallity is if i officially denounce it in front of a Brittish counsel of some sort which i cannot remember but doing this infornt of another national offical doesn't count must be a UK.
I 've also seen it stated on the net that if you have both passports remember to leave on your usa passport and enter back on it or there could be problems. so i will be deff be reading up more on that and any other pittfalls i may encounter if i do this.
Also If Vito decided to go for UK citerzenship it is my understanding that the US would see that as renouncing his US citerzenship even though he is born and bread and not naturalised. therefore he can't do it. which is sad but hey thats life.
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Posted 07 July 2008 - 07:48 AM

QUOTE (Hannah+Vito @ Jul 6 2008, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
[Also If Vito decided to go for UK citerzenship it is my understanding that the US would see that as renouncing his US citerzenship even though he is born and bread and not naturalised. therefore he can't do it. which is sad but hey thats life.


I am not too sure about that statement. I think the US now allows you to acquire other citizenships, as I think it is quite difficult to lose your US Citizenship.
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Posted 07 July 2008 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE (katej0203 @ Jun 7 2008, 02:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am still at the beginning of the process, but am wondering...

I am presently a British citizen, and will eventually reach the stage where I am to consider having an American citizenship. I dont have any family based reasons to apply for it, but it would save me having to renew a green card in the future.

Can I keep my British citizenship too? Does anyone have both? Any opinions?
yes.gif Like Canada, UK does not require automatic forfeiture of citizenship--so you can keep both passports (though you can't use the Brit one to re-enter US subsequent to naturalisation).
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#13 Hannah+Vito

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 11:02 PM

QUOTE (kmineo @ Jul 7 2008, 01:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Hannah+Vito @ Jul 6 2008, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
[Also If Vito decided to go for UK citerzenship it is my understanding that the US would see that as renouncing his US citerzenship even though he is born and bread and not naturalised. therefore he can't do it. which is sad but hey thats life.


I am not too sure about that statement. I think the US now allows you to acquire other citizenships, as I think it is quite difficult to lose your US Citizenship.



after googling again three times, i'm now very confussed and on the fence about this too. but i have yet to find an official site stating facts just knowlege and opinions and I see both being put forward. some think its a yes for us to uk some think its a no. and one stated that you could but then if you volintarily applied for foreign citerzenship you loose your us citerzenship wacko.gif
but then i did state it was my understanding from what i found on google. and i stand by that still. everything i have read is from the net, i haven't spoken to an attourney or what not to get the official answer.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:46 PM

I have a few friends who were born USC but later got dual citizenship (both got Irish citizenship). The laws changed several years ago and they were able to get their Irish passports but I would still check the state department website.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 05:45 PM

QUOTE (Aussielad @ Jun 9 2008, 01:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (katej0203 @ Jun 7 2008, 02:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am still at the beginning of the process, but am wondering...

I am presently a British citizen, and will eventually reach the stage where I am to consider having an American citizenship. I dont have any family based reasons to apply for it, but it would save me having to renew a green card in the future.

Can I keep my British citizenship too? Does anyone have both? Any opinions?




O.k.....first of all....you have a LONG way to go before you even begin to *think* about that....one day at a time.

Second of all....will ALL Brits STOP ASKING ABOUT DUAL CITIZENSHIP....for crying out loud READ....it gets asked here every single forsaken day!!!! there must be 100+ topics on "dual british/u.s. citizenship"....READ!!!!!!!

sorry....but after so many years on this vj board i think i've finally xploded....anyone else feel the same?

No I don't feel the same, if it bothers you don't bloomin well read it. This is a forum for this specific topic and this helps 'All Brits' understand they can have dual citizenship, whether the poster decided to search for this subject beforehand or not. Unleash your idle mind in an off topic forum or start a thread regarding your explosion at the Brits asking 'every single forsaken day' the same question. Muppet.
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