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Section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) mongkiemthe.coms that “the term ‘national of the United mongkiemthe.coms’ means (A) a citizen of the United mongkiemthe.coms, or (B) a person who, though not a citizen of the United mongkiemthe.coms, owes permanent allegiance to the United mongkiemthe.coms.” Therefore, U.S. citizens are also U.S. nationals. Non-citizen nationality status refers only individuals who were born either in American Samoa or on Swains Isl& khổng lồ parents who are not citizens of the United mongkiemthe.coms.The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own nationality laws based on its own policy. Persons may have dual nationality by automatic operation of different laws rather than by choice. For example, a child born in a foreign country khổng lồ U.S. national parents may be both a U.S. national and a national of the country of birth. Or, an individual having one nationality at birth may naturalize at a later date in another country & become a dual national.

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U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to lớn choose one nationality or another. A U.S. citizen may naturalize in a foreign without any risk khổng lồ his or her U.S. citizenship. However, persons who acquire a foreign nationality after age 18 by applying for it may relinquish their U.S. nationality if they wish to lớn vị so. In order khổng lồ relinquish U.S. nationality by virtue of naturalization as a citizen of a foreign, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign nationality voluntarily & with the intention khổng lồ relinquish U.S. nationality. Intent may be shown by the person’s mongkiemthe.comments & conduct.

Dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United mongkiemthe.coms and the foreign country. They are required lớn obey the laws of both countries, & either country has the right to enforce its laws. It is important lớn note the problems attendant lớn dual nationality. Claims of other countries upon U.S. dual-nationals often place them in situations where their obligations khổng lồ one country are in conflict with the laws of the other. In addition, their dual nationality may hamper efforts of the U.S. Government to provide consular protection to them when they are abroad, especially when they are in the country of their second nationality.

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U.S. nationals, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to lớn enter và leave sầu the United mongkiemthe.coms.Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport lớn enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport khổng lồ to or from a country other than the United mongkiemthe.coms is not inconsistent with U.S. law.

You can find additional information on dual nationality and the potential challenges for international mongkiemthe.comers here.

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