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How many citizenships can you have?

Kemal Nicholson
15 July 2021

Holding more than one citizenship opens massive opportunities for anyone, as having the backing of two countries or more is a great advantage in today’s challenging global landscape. Being a citizen of multiple countries may seem like a straightforward matter, but when it comes to application it can be extremely easy or absolutely complex depending on the situation.

In this piece we will cover dual citizenship, multiple citizenship, how you can obtain second citizenship of another country through investment, how your dual nationality status can benefit you, which countries allow dual and triple citizenship, and more.

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Can you hold more than one citizenship?

The answer to this question depends on the citizenship and passport your currently have. In most circumstances, people can hold more than one nationality. However, there are some countries that do not allow dual citizenship such as Singapore or India. If you are a national of a country that does not allow dual nationality and you obtain a second citizenship of another country authorities may revoke your home country’s citizenship and passport.

But, in the case your home country allows its nationals to become dual citizens then they can obtain citizenship and passports from other countries freely without the fear of their original citizenship being revoked.

Under certain circumstances, however, such as the example of Spain, the issue may be more complex. As Spain allows dual citizenship in practice, however, it does not have a dual citizenship agreement with the U.S.; which means the Spanish government will not recognize the U.S. citizenship of a Spanish national, but it won’t revoke their original citizenship from their home country of Spain.

Many people looking to become dual nationals, or even more that dual nationals, can always get a second citizenship through investment, renounce their original citizenship, and then get another one from a third country, and so on.

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Can you have triple citizenship?

In short, if your country does allow dual citizenship it most probably allows triple citizenship. The laws and regulations regarding dual citizenship set by the authorities mean that a country does not object for a person to hold more than one citizenship, and that translates to dual or more nationalities.

So a person who holds U.S. citizenship, for example, may obtain another citizenship from say, Ireland, and a third from the United Kingdom, as all of these countries allow multiple citizenship. A citizen of any of these countries is free to pursue the nationality of another foreign nation.

Holding two or more citizenships may seem like a grandeur idea, but many people actually take advantage of the laws of the fact that multiple citizenship is allowed in their country and actively seek out acquiring another citizenship through naturalization or investment.

Which countries allow dual citizenship?

There are 64 countries that officially allow dual citizenship. Many of these are world leaders such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, Greece, and many more. You can check our complete list of countries that allow dual nationality, and the countries that do not allow it, such as China and KSA, here.

Can you have dual citizenship in the United States?

To be brief about this, yes, you are allowed dual citizenship in the USA. If you hold U.S. citizenship and want to obtain the nationality and passport of another country, the U.S. government allows you to do so.

The U.S. government does not require its U.S. citizens to choose between one nationality or another if they obtain new citizenship from a foreign country. The U.S., however, will continue to tax that person as a U.S. citizen even if they are residing outside of the U.S.

This tax regime has led many to look into becoming dual citizens in order to renounce their U.S. citizenship to alleviate the worldwide tax they have to pay. This process may seem drastic at first, but those looking to lower tax rates, be it personal or business tax, and live in a tax-free country, reap the benefits on the long run, but only if they get a strong second citizenship.

How to obtain dual nationality

Getting dual citizenship may seem like a complicated matter, but it is actually much more straightforward than you may think.

There are many ways to get a citizenship of a foreign country, and here are the main routes:

  1. By birth – some countries, such as Canada and the U.S.A, have a law (for example Canada) that awards any person born on their land with direct citizenship and are automatically a national of that country. Being born in the U.S. if your parent is not a legal resident, however, is tricky and is a matter up to fate. Although many try to have their kids born in another country that does grant citizenship by birth (known as Jus Soli or right of soil) through the practice of birth tourism, it is a complicated and intricate process that has a high probability of failure.
  2. Naturalization – the most common way of becoming a citizen of another country through immigration. By being a resident, usually a permanent resident, of a country and maintaining legal residence for a certain amount of time you can apply for citizenship through naturalization. The law differs from one country to the next, as in the United Kingdom, for example, you can apply to become a UK citizen through naturalization after five years of legal residence, but only if at least the last of those years your were a permanent resident. Greece, on the other hand, requires you to live in Greece for 7 consecutive years. There are countries, such as KSA and Qatar, which do not naturalize based on legal residence, nor do they have permanent residency status for expats living abroad, but only make a foreigner a citizen and passport holder through the process of royal decree.
  3. Citizenship by marriage – many people who marry someone from another country can apply for that country’s citizenship and passport. For example, if someone marries an American citizen they can apply for a green card and eventually an American citizenship through marriage. The government will, however, conduct due diligence to ensure the marriage is legit and that people are not taking advantage of a fake status to become American citizens.
  4. Citizenship by investment – technically, this falls under the naturalization law but through a different route. This route is a great way to automatically get new citizenships, even to create a portfolio of citizenships as the nations that offer citizenship by investment programs allow dual and multiple citizenship. Countries such as Dominica, Grenada, Antiua & Barbuda, Vanuature, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Montenegro, and Turkey all allow people to become citizens through investment. They also offer strong passports that are great for travel. People looking to become citizens of these countries can do so through investing amounts starting from 100,000 USD to get citizenship and passports for themselves and even their dependents such as their spouse, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, and parents in-law depending on which program they choose. The process of obtaining a passport and becoming a citizen of one of these countries is extremely easy, and there is not even a need for a visa or any type of immigration to do so. This process is simple, quick, and allows entire families to automatically become citizens of a country and get enhanced travel and access to global hotspots such as the UK, EU, and more depending on the passports they obtain. Many global entrepreneurs choose this route to enable them to travel the globe and handle worldwide business more easily without the need of going through a tedious immigration process.

What can Migronis do for you?

Our expertise and professionally assembled team can help you create the best portfolio of citizenships, researching which second nationality suits your needs best and helping you acquiring it. We deal in citizenship by investment, providing a wide range of citizenship by investment programs that allow you to obtain citizenship and a passport to enter various countries visa free.

Our extensive knowledge of citizenship by investment not only helps you gain a passport that enables you to travel visa free, but allows you more financial freedom through more favorable tax regimes and banking options.

Benefits of having multiple citizenships

The benefits of dual citizenship, or having the citizenship of more than just two countries, are bountiful. Here are the main benefits many pursue when becoming citizens of more than two countries and obtaining new passports:

  1. Increased travel mobility – with a strong passport travel abroad becomes easier as you don’t have to contact an embassy to submit a visa application. International travel becomes enjoyable with a strong passport, like that of St. Kitts & Nevis for example, which provides direct access to more than 150 destinations worldwide.
  2. Safeguarding your family – life is unpredictable and instability is a risk that you must mitigate. Ensuring your family has a contingency plan and another country to live their life to the fullest in case something bad happens in your home nation is critical. Second citizenship allows to ensure your family does not lose control of their life and well-being.
  3. Controlling taxes – having a citizenship of a tax haven, such as Dominica, allows you to control the taxes you pay and maintain your income and wealth. This, of course, is a legally solid way of ensuring your income is not drastically impacted by high taxation. American citizens, however, must continue paying American taxes unless they lose their American citizenship through renunciation.
  4. Enhanced business ability – the easier you can travel the better you can manage your global businesses. You could even register your business in another country with solid financial and banking services to ensure your business income and growth is maintained. St. Kitts & Nevis has a great financial and banking services landscape and has some top businesses within its shores that make it easy for you to run your business from there. You could register it as an offshore corporation but it is also allowed to register as an onshore corporation if you or your partners are citizens of the country.

Is it possible to travel the world visa-free?

Yes, theoretically, this is possible if you forgo North Korea, with the right combination of passports you are allowed to travel to all countries in the world, except North Korea without a visa. The number of passports to make it possible to do so is eight, and here is every passport you need to get to do so:

  1. Japan
  2. UAE
  3. Uganda
  4. Turkey
  5. Mali
  6. Maldives
  7. Georgia
  8. Afghanistan

Frequently Asked Questions

How many citizenships can you have in the US?

You are allowed to have dual citizenship or more in the US. The American government does not require you to renounce any citizenship if you obtain dual citizenship, and it even allows you to have more than just dual citizenship and become a multiple citizenship holder.

How many citizenships can you have in UK?

The UK allows you to go beyond dual citizenship to hold as many as you like.

Can I have three citizenships?

Yes, it is allowed depending on your original nationality and the other nationalities you will get, you can go beyond dual citizenship and have three or more.

Which countries allow triple citizenship?

As a rule of thumb, countries that allow dual citizenship also allow triple citizenship. As the law of having more than one citizenship does not usually limit it to dual citizenship but allows for more.

Is it illegal to have three passports?

If your nation does not allow dual citizenship or more then yes it is illegal, unless you renounce that citizenship of course. If your nation allows dual citizenship or more then it is fully allowed and legal to have three passports.

Can I have 3 citizenships in USA?

Yes, it is allowed to have 3 citizenships in the USA

What is the easiest country to get dual citizenship?

Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Turkey, and Vanuatu all have programs to get their citizenship by investing in the nation and are the easiest nations to get dual citizenship from.

Is dual citizenship permanent?

Yes, once you have dual citizenship it is permanent unless you decide to renounce one of them.

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