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Old 06-04-2009, 08:58 AM   #21
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The US used to be very anal retentive over dual citizenship.

These days, they don't care what other country you have citizenship in as long as you do not serve in their armed forces.

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Old 06-04-2009, 09:16 AM   #22
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I knew a guy in college who had dual citizenship with two adjacent countries; his parents had property in both places. Apparently he was in a political protest in one of them and got out by the skin of his teeth on the other passport. Thought he would be killed if he went back. Some years went by, political situation reversed and a few months later I received a postcard from the first county, he went back to introduce his wife to his family. Some upside!

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Old 06-04-2009, 09:50 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Bestwifeever View Post
How does dual citizenship work when one travels--do you carry two passports, would you show (for example) the Irish passport when you travel to Ireland and the US passport when you return? Do both countries know of your dualness or of your application for it? Does Homeland security automatically put you on a list for applying post-9/11?

(Someone I know looked into this about three years ago and these questions arose--ultimately they dropped the idea.)
I immigrated from Canada to US and hold only a US passport - which specifies where I was born. That's the only one I carry. I don't see the need for a Canadian one....and it might be difficult to get anyway since I don't live there...but maybe not. I haven't had any reason to see if there is any advantage to dual citizenship....but can only think that I probably could move back to Canada with no problem or stay over the specified visit length of time that other US citizens are allowed....but my spouse who doesn't have dual couldn't do those things as easily. Homeland Security doesn't keep track (unfortunately) of those with green cards or visitors permits, etc., so can't imagine they keep track of legitimate citizens - but you never know. If the Canadian government didn't know before where I was they know now, because I've just started getting a very small Canada Pension Plan check (sent in US funds)...there is a reciprocity agreement between the 2 countries for tax purposes...but that's based on country of residence not on citizenship. This is my first year receiving it...and would appreciate hearing from any others who receive social security like $ from other countries...and how you handled it on your income tax.
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:51 PM   #24
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Thanks to Uncle Sam, the US Embassy and the US Army, I hold dual citizenship in both the US and Iran (back when the Shahanshah was our buddy). I cannot go visit Iran again since I am a draft dodger (I could have fought against Saddam). But I understand that I could get out of this by paying a tax. Needless to say some dual citizenships are more equal than others.

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