We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Dual Citizenship?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Historical Index is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Historical Index, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Dual citizenship is a form of citizenship status in which someone is a citizen of two nations. It is a possibility for someone to hold multiple citizenship, in which he or she is a citizen of more than two nations. Not all nations permit dual citizenship, and there are certain legal issues which many dual citizens are forced to tangle with, ranging from pressure to surrender their passports to the possibility of being taxed twice.

There are a number of ways in which someone can gain dual citizenship. Many nations grant citizenship jus sanguinis, or “through the blood,” which means that a child will have the citizenship of his or her parents. Many also offer citizenship jus soli, “through the soil,” so someone will have citizenship in the nation he or she is born in. If a child of French parents is born in the United States, for example, the child would have citizenship in the United States and France. It is also possible to become a citizen through naturalization, in which case the new citizen might choose to retain his or her original citizenship, becoming a dual citizen.

From the point of view of national governments, dual citizenship is a hassle because it could set up a situation in which a citizen has conflicting loyalties. In our example above, if the United States and France went to war, the citizen might feel conflicted. He or she could refuse military service in a draft, on the grounds that taking arms against either country would be an act of treason. The dual citizen might also be caught between the systems of taxation used in both countries, and forced to pay taxes to the French and American government.

Dual citizenship can also become an issue when someone runs afoul of the legal system. Many governments offer protections to their citizens while they are overseas, but a government may find its hands tied in the case of a dual citizen. A Mexican-Egyptian citizen, for example, could not count on protections from the Egyptian government if he or she got into trouble in Mexico. Dual citizens may also be refused security clearances, making it difficult for them to work for the government.

Some governments flatly refuse to allow dual citizenship, insisting that their citizens not hold citizenship in any other nation. Naturalized citizens who achieve citizenship will be expected to give up their prior citizenship, and the government will ignore proof of citizenship from other nations. Other nations simply strongly discourage dual citizenship, and there have been some documented instances in which new citizens have been pressured into giving up their old citizenship by overzealous officials.

Historical Index is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a Historical Index researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By Myraafwat — On Feb 08, 2012

I am 30 years old and I was born in USA. My parents are Egyptian. I lived my whole life in Egypt. Can I now submit the requested papers to get the American citizenship, or have I lost it?

By anon131543 — On Dec 02, 2010

I hear someone say today that one automatically loses "dual" citizenship at the age of 21. is that correct?

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
Historical Index, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Historical Index, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.