(Closed) Any bee’s experienced with gaining citizenship upon marriage.

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hi.  I have not taken steps yet to become a citizen of my husband’s country, but if its anything like becoming a citizen of the USA, it’s not easy (though I’m not sure anywhere is as difficult as this country!)…

 ETA: Each country has its own requirements and regulations in terms of citizenship, allowing dual citizenship, etc.  

Sorry I can’t help much… but where are you moving to? And if you don’t mind me asking, why are you considering dropping your US citizenship?

Post # 4
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2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are you looking to gain US Citizenship or drop US Citizenship?

My good friend was here on a working visa when she married her husband. She then got a green card which is valid for 2 years then she has to renew it. Then after the 2 years I believe is the regular renewal process. You do NOT become a citizen because of marriage.

Many countries do not allow you to keep dual citizenship. When I became naturalized I had to drop my China citizenship to become a US citizen. Not sure what US’s policy is on dual citizenship?

ETA: If you are looking to move to another country temporarily, whether it be 6 months or 2 years you don’t have to drop your citizenship! You can always apply for a visa…

Post # 7
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2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh I am jealous! Would lOVE to live in Germany!!! What a wonderful country. 🙂

It seems you are already pretty clear on the rules then??

Post # 10
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515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My fiance is a dual German and Australian citizen and I’m American. He will not automatically get US citizenship. He would have to apply for it and have a sponsor. I believe it is a ten year wait to be allowed to apply for American citizenship once getting residency. It’s not easy. Nor do I automatically get Australian citizenship. I will have to apply for it and remain on a temporary visa for a minimum of two years before I can get permanent residency. And then if I want citizenship, I will have to apply for it. I will, however, be automatically entitled to German citizenship (again, I would have to apply for it- citizenships are not conferred automatically through marriage).

While Germany generally does not permit dual citizenships, you can write the government for permission to have multiple citizenships and they will grant it if you have a compelling reason. My fiance’s whole family are dual citizens, including his niece and nephew who were both born in Germany, one of which has never even set foot in Australia. They were able to obtain Australian citizenship in addition because their mother said since they have family there, they need to be able to come and go as they please. An immigration lawyer can probably help you there.

Also, if you plan to give up your US citizenship, do what you can to minimise your assets in America beforehand so that you don’t get caught by the exit tax.

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