Dual Passports were once only available to people with dual citizenship, but there are a large number of Americans who stand a chance of qualifying. Religion, spouse's nationality or country of birth are all reasons that might make a dual passport a possibility. Traveling with more than one passport allows you to work in a foreign country without restrictions, especially in the European Union, and enjoy the legal rights of citizenship. If you're thinking about applying for a dual passport, it is important to understand that you are obligated to adhere to the laws and responsibilities of both nations.

It's vital to know the ramifications of second passport citizenship. For example, United States citizens could risk losing U.S. citizenship if applying for citizenship in another country. If your behavior or speech indicates that you intend to give up U.S. citizenship you might be asked to forfeit your passport. Also, if you carry a U.S. passport, you must enter and leave the U.S. on that passport. Depending on your age, some countries require mandatory military service, so become familiar with the law first.

People who conduct extensive business overseas, might consider a banking passport. Financial citizenship allows you to take advantage of the tax laws of another country and protect your holdings confidentially. Some countries allow instant economic citizenship by making a considerable investment into their economy. Other countries will issue a banking passport based on your lineage or by establishing residency. Check with the firm that you plan to do business with for their criteria.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you must contact the embassy of the country where you wish to apply, for their specific qualifications, which include residency requirements and proof of citizenship. Certain people are prohibited from dual citizenship, for instance, children involved in a custody battle cannot be granted citizenship in another country. Also people wishing to establish dual nationality in a country that prohibits it, like South Korea. Finally, naturalized U.S. citizens do not renounce their citizenship in their home country, so obtaining a U.S. passport is often a matter of applying through the U.S. State Department.

Currently, second passport citizenship is not encouraged, so much as tolerated by the U.S. government, and there may be questions concerning your intentions in another country. When traveling in the U.S., it's best to present yourself as a U.S. citizen, and when traveling in your second country, present yourself as a citizen of that country.

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