TN 6 (07-97)

RS 02640.030 Dual Citizenship

A. Definition

Dual citizenship — Citizenship in more than one country. Frequently, beneficiaries claim citizenship in the U.S. and one or more other countries.

NOTE: The automatic acquisition or retention of a foreign nationality does not affect U.S. Citizenship

B. Policy

If an individual is a U.S. citizen or national, the alien nonpayment provisions do not apply regardless of any dual citizenship.

C. Procedure

If U.S. citizenship was established and the beneficiary now claims dual citizenship, ask how the dual citizenship was obtained.

If Dual Citizenship Was Obtained By....Then....
law of return or retention of citizenship at birth,accept the allegation if there is no conflicting evidence.
naturalization but beneficiary submits evidence of continuing U.S. citizenship,accept the evidence as proof of U.S. citizenship.
any other meanssubmit the case to OIP, FPPT (Foreign Program Policy Team).

D. Examples

1. Israeli Citizenship

Israel often allows its citizens to get dual citizenship in other countries. The Israeli Government considers Israeli citizens who are naturalized U.S. citizens to keep their Israeli citizenship.

Under Israel's “Law of Return,” a Jewish person who becomes a permanent resident of Israel is automatically entitled to Israeli citizenship (unless he declines to accept it). A U.S. citizen who gets citizenship through the “Law of Return” does not lose his U.S. citizenship.

2. United Kingdom Citizenship

Many U.K. citizens by birth residing in former U.K. colonies (now independent nations) retain their U.K. citizenship (see RS 02640.020B.).


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RS 02640.030 - Dual Citizenship - 03/26/2008
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:03/26/2008