(Closed) Let's talk citizenships!

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
4233 posts
Honey bee

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USA. Born and raised (as is my DH). Currently reside here but am an ExPat internationally as work contracts require. Can travel anywhere in the world on my one passport unless the country has a ban on entry. Since I’ve not sought home ownership or other long term domicile activities abroad, I’ve not involved myself with sovereignty or citizenship issues beyond paying appropriate taxes and such “when in Rome”. 

Post # 3
334 posts
Helper bee

I’m a dual citizen – British/Australian. Moved to Australia, became Australian. My children are purely Australian citizens.

I would say the passport comes in handy but I’ve never spent more than a vaction in Europe or the UK.. I hate the country and would never want to live there. 

However, my parents never became Australian citizens so I keep my dual to feel ‘connected’ or so I would be able to return home to them in some bizarre situation etc 

Post # 5
638 posts
Busy bee

I’m Canadian/Portuguese residing in Canada but used to live in Portugal.  My parents were born in Portugal but moved here to Canada at a young age and have their dual as well. Having my portuguese citizenship definitely helps when going back to Portugal..I skip the big lines at the airport and can easily travel anywhere within the EU. 

Post # 6
1411 posts
Bumble bee

Born and raised in the US. Dad’s parents were Irish, so I’m working on getting my Irish citizenship, then passport, for a few reasons:

If I ever wanted to work in Europe, I wouldn’t need a visa.

There are a number of countries that I plan on traveling to that have higher visa fees for US passports than EU ones.

I travel to a number of third world and/or dangerous countries. The US will not pay ransom for hostages. And when a friend was in Nepal during the earthquake last year- the Brits, Irish, Aussies etc all got flown out by their respective armies- US citizens? They got to stay in Kathmandu with no options to get out. Also, it never hurts to have two embassies to go to in the event of an emergency, versus one.

Post # 7
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

My parents immigrated to the U.S. from Romania and became naturalized here. I was born here, so I am a U.S. citizen but I also have an automatic citizenship in Romania because my parents were born there. Romania is a part of the EU so there are extended benefits that go with that. I’m fairly certain my children will also automatically gain dual citizenship if they are born in U.S., but it gets a little more complicated with my Fiance getting RO citizenship once we are married. I think he has to be married to be more a minimum of 5 years or so and pass a proficiency test. This probably wasn’t super helpful, but I thought I’d share my story.

Post # 8
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I have two citizenships; American/Brazilian. I became an American 3 years ago and couldnt be prouder 

Post # 9
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Breckenridge, CO

I’m dual US (from birth) and Canadian (from parents- mom is dual dad only Canadian with a green card)

I have 2 passports I love it! I use whichever is cheaper/more lenient for visas and feel all Jason Bourne

My fiancé is dual US/Panamanian so I want to add a third after we get married >:3 is that even possible?  I want that shorter line at the Panama City airport dammit


I don’t think I’ll be able to get my fiancé a Canadian passport instantly through marriage but he is definitely interested in moving/lliving there are some point 

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Post # 10
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I am born and raised in the US, been almost 20 years in Germany. 

I cannot have dual citizenship in Germany, but soon I qualify if I give up my US citizenship (which I am considering) and become a german citizen.

Yeah, it’s convenient to have European Citizenship for long travel plans and all, but I really think it’s bonkers as an only reason. 

I am really sad that I can’t have both citizenships and only one of my three children have both (they all  qualify due to birth parents) I have waited a really long time because I was on the fence about my children (if I renounce those two won’t be able to get dual)

But that said: I have lived most of my adult life over here, I feel more connected to this culture than my own (though I do sometimes miss my language and some wonderful things from “home”)

I really want to participate fully here, meaning I would like to vote here and also never worry about being deported.

And seriously, beyond that I think it’s amazing to be able to live in another country if the fancy strikes you… 🙂

Post # 11
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Do you have just one citizenship, two?


Did you have to renounce a citizenship if you moved countries & took a new citizenship, did you get one through your parents?

My parents renounced citizenship for a new one and I have that one but not the old one.  I got one trough birth, one through parents and one becasue I ived in that country long enough.  2 are from EU countries so it’s not some sort of great advantage.  One would be plenty.

Does it make things easier for you when you’re travelling?


Have there been any challenges you have faced, what will it mean for your SO and any future children (if any)?

nope. I donno what it means


Post # 12
2330 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I was born and raised in Spain and moved to the US as a teen. I became a US citizen 7 years ago. Unfortunately I had to renounce citizenship in Spain when I did that. However, I can reclaim citizenship over there and have dual citizenship, but it takes a lot of time and documentation. I have neither. 

It really wouldn’t make a difference as far as traveling goes. In Spain I would legally have my birth name which is different than my name here (hubs last name). So I would never be able to travel with my Spanish passport. 

Post # 13
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017 - France

I’m a US citizen born and raised in the US Virgin Islands but I don’t have voting rights unless I move to a state.

My son had dual citizenship US/French

SO was born and raised in France

I’m now currently living in France and waiting on my documents to gain dual citizenship.

Eta: I don’t have to renounce my US citizenship, I thought I would have to but no, I can gain one through being married to a French citizen and paying a proficiency test. 

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Post # 15
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m a dual citizen – New Zealand (I was born there) and United States (because my parents are US citizens).


My NZ passport will come in handy if Trump becomes president. Peace out, America!

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