dual nationality/citizenship? (Opinions)

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

”Increasingly there has been pressure to only maintain one..” What kind of pressure?

I know people with dual nationaliity and am not aware of them every having any issues.

If you can have dual nationality, hold onto it! It’s an advantage.

Post # 3
505 posts
Busy bee

Kelly6871:  I actually have 3, I am canadian, and I have an EU (Irish) and Swiss passports as well. I have never felt pressure to give them up, however when I travel it will dictate which passport I use. When I went to visit family in Ireland for 3 months, I travel on my Irish one, when I go to the States I travel on my Canadian one. I haven’t really used my Swiss one, however because it is not an EU passport I refuse to give it up. I doubt I will ever give one up, unless I have to if I ever live in the states (in USA you are only allowed to have dual citizenship, which means I would have to give up 2 to become american). 

Post # 5
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have dual citizenship (can & eu), and currently live in the us on a work visa, which will hopefully turn into a green card eventually.  I can only see the advantage of holding multiple citizenship, and have not felt pressure to give any up.  I only travel with one passport though, which is my cad.  

Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I grew up in the US and feel very American, but have dual citizenship with France and I’m reaping the rewards of it it right now, since I’m currently working and living in France. My brother has NZ citizenship as well, and it allowed him to go to university there very inexpensively, and he can easily live or work in NZ or Australia.

There are so many advantages to having dual, espeically an EU country b/c you can work and live anywhere in the EU.  If you have it, definitely don’t give it up.  Sometimes the paperwork can be very annoying, but to me it’s worth it.

Post # 7
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My son has British, German and Russian citizenships. Russia does not recognise multiple (or dual) citizenships and Germany doesn’t like it, but they can’t take any of them away, so my baby has all three.

Post # 8
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My husband is Irish and so we’ll be able to get our children Irish passports even though they’ll be born here in the US, and we are 100% doing that right off the bat. I think its so handy. 

Post # 9
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

I have dual citizenship – Luxembourg and USA. I’ve always felt equally patriotric to both countries, likely because despite growing up in the States, I spent nearly every summer in Luxembourg or Europe. I LOVE having both citizenships because it’s given me so many opportunities, such as moving to London on a whim and meeting my FI as a result. 🙂 It opens so many doors and especially with an EU passport, the continent and UK is your oyster. Best thing ever, in my eyes. 

Post # 10
2114 posts
Buzzing bee

Kelly6871:  I have dual citizenship in USA and New Zealand.

I maintain both – actually probably time to update my NZ one… it might be expired now lol.

But always use to travel back and forth on my USA one because it was just easier going through customs on USA side as an unaccompanied minor. I live in USA now so that would be my main one. 

Post # 11
6441 posts
Bee Keeper

I think it totally depends on what countries we’re talking about.

For some, being a citizen means that all males over a certain age are eligible to be drafted. I would not want my future son having dual citizenship if it meant that him traveling to that country would mean he could be forced to stay and serve. My FI is dealing with this issue now and we can’t travel to that country until he revokes his citizenship — a process which is a huge PITA.

If it’s countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, Australia, etc. I don’t know of any issues.

Post # 12
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

CaroBee:  Same here (my FI is also Irish, only the children will be born in Canada.  I’m Canadian.)  We plan on getting them dual citizenship as soon as possible. I think having an EU passport makes it so much easier in Europe, but having a Canadian passport helps in a lot of other places (especially on travel to the US.)  

Post # 13
263 posts
Helper bee

If the nationality doesn’t come with obligations (ie national service) then I don’t see why you wouldn’t have all the ones you’re eligible for. Especially if one of them is an EU member state, since it gives you the right to live in any of the 28 countries. 

I guess if you were dual between two EU states, there’s not much benefit to having both. But equally no reason to give one up either. I’ve never heard of anyone pressured to give up their dual nationality when both nations recognise the duality (ie UK/AUS). 

Post # 14
9204 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I have both U.S. and Australian citizenship and passports. My dad is from the U.S. and moved out here after he met my mum on a holiday here. My sister and I both automatically became American citizens when we were born and both got American passports when we were quite young. My dad got Australian citizenship about 10-15 years ago and still has U.S. citizenship. My mum just has Australian citizenship. We maintain passports for both citizenships as we travel to the U.S. every few years. Plus it saves time in Customs! Although when mum is travelling with us, or when FI travelled with us last year, we still had to wait for Mum/FI to get through.

I also plan on keeping up my dual citizenship well into my old age, probably my whole life, because I have strong ties to the U.S. and I feel proud of my Australian/American background.

ETA: I think I would feel differently if one of the countries was one I was glad to be away from or had escaped from, eg. wartorn country or one that encouraged violence to women or children or women were ostracised, etc. I would also likely feel differently if there were, as some PPs mentioned, some extra obligations associated with citizenship, such as drafting.

Post # 15
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Me and DH are Irish citizens but we live in Australia. I’m currently pregnant and our child will be eligible for both Irish and Australian citizenship. Im planning for them to keep dual citizenship – it’s convenient to have an EU passport and we’ll certainly be travelling back home for visits so that’ll make it much easier. 

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