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Getting Dual Citizenship When You Married a Foreigner

Would You Get Dual Citizenship If You Married a Foreigner?

California gurl Katy Perry wants to become a Brit when she marries Russell Brand. She says:

"One of the first things I'll do is apply for dual citizenship. I'm not too sure if I have to take a test as I've not had time to look into it. But England is like my second home."

Many international couples flirt with the idea of getting married just so one partner can stay in a country or gain residency. But dual citizenship isn't necessarily required. If you and your spouse have different nationalities, you often have the right to live in each other's countries, even if you don't apply for citizenship. Regardless, Katy Perry wants to fully embrace her husband-to-be's home. Would you?

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WritingLikeCrazy WritingLikeCrazy 5 years
Two passports and you can go anywhere in the world! In fact, that may be one of the top reasons to marry a man from a different country.
stephley stephley 5 years
I didn't say dual citizens were less patriotic. I said that I didn't think I would be able to be the kind of citizen I expect people to be to more than one country. I didn't say you couldn't love more than one country. I said I don't think I could well serve more than one country as a citizen. Claiming allegiance to a place is one thing: being willing to actually support, protect and defend a country is another. I have trouble keeping sufficiently informed about the political, social, environmental etc., issues that affect my votes as a citizen of my city, my state and this country - with more than one country, I'd feel guilty that somewhere I was making ill-informed choices.
smiley13tree smiley13tree 5 years
I've always been British but became American last year through the citizenship tests my parents took. (I'm a minor.) But I also have the right to residency in Hong Kong. I also know that some countries only allow one citizenship, but getting it isn't that important to me.
JanetG0307 JanetG0307 5 years
i did it! i've got dual citizenship - USA and Australian. My husband and I decided to do it so I could work there and then when we are older, it will be no problem to return to the US. Also, it will be easier (so I'm told) for our children.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I have two citizenship, and soon will acquire my third--American. And I can say, that marrying someone doesn't mean you will automatically become a citizen. You have to reside for a number of years, and then become a citizen. But if I marry someone from another country, why not. I consider myself a citizen of the world, and literary I am, I hold the citizenship of a European, South American, and soon a North American citizenship. And Sephley, I don't agree with you at all. You can love as many countries as you like.Just because you hold the citizenship of one or more countries doesn't mean you are less patriotic. I love my birth country and I love my adoptive country and feel a connection to my father's country, which I've only been once. Just because I hold more than one citizenship, I'm not less of citizen. I do find your comment somehow ignorant. You can love more than one country, and own the same allegiance to both. Having more than one citizenship gives you immense benefits.
stephley stephley 5 years
Ideally, a citizen holds a certain allegiance to their country - to enjoy the rights bestowed on a citizen, a citizen should be willing to fulfill responsibilities to their country. I'm American, and I think there might be limits to how much loyalty I could give another country. I love Brits, Italians & the French, but I'm not British, Italian or French.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
Why not?
Rjs-baby-girl Rjs-baby-girl 5 years
To acquire another country's citizenship, you need to follow special rules according to the country. It's not something you can do as soon as you arrive in the country (for US and UK at least). I would do it if there were more advantages in my situation.
stephley stephley 5 years
I wouldn't mind the international background, but I wouldn't change/add citizenship just because I was getting married. If his country did come to feel like my second home, maybe - but it would take a long time to determine that it was the country and not him.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
It would depend...sure, I guess, why not! But it's not something I would do ASAP, unless I needed it for something.
zeze zeze 5 years
Hell yes! I would totally consider it as an added positive if a guy brought along an international background.
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