I’m planning on getting married this summer (just my fiance and me at a legal office) in VA, and there you aren’t required to have witnesses or blood tests, etc, but we have to be 18 or over, which we are.
However, I can’t find anywhere with specific directions on how the whole process would work! I’m Candian, he’s American, and I want dual-citizenship. How would I go about getting a green card/becoming, I guess, an American, and what kind of taxes have to be paid for being a citizen of both countries?
THE US ALLOWS DUAL CITIZENSHIP! The visa for a spouse and a fiancee take the SAME amount of time (same form even [although this was not always the case]). Get married, return to Canada (staying and filing for a change of status is considered visa fraud as you promised you wouldn’t do this in order to get into the US), Have your new spouse file for a spousal visa. Come back and file more paperwork. Two years after you get your “conditional green card” (actually 1 year 9 months) apply for a regular green card. Then 3 years after the date on your green card you can apply for citizenship. The US will NOT take your Canadian citizenship away so sayeth the US Supreme Court!
The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own citizenship 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 to U.S. Citizen parents may be both a U.S. Citizen and a citizen of the country of birth.
A U.S. Citizen may acquire foreign citizenship by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. Citizen may not lose the citizenship of the country of birth.U.S. Law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another citizenship does not risk losing U.S. Citizenship. However, a person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. Citizenship. In order to lose U.S. Citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. Citizenship.
Intent can be shown by the person’s statements or conduct.The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may cause. Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. Citizens may conflict with U.S. Law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government efforts to assist citizens abroad. The country where a dual national is located generally has a stronger claim to that person’s allegiance.
However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries. Either country has the right to enforce its laws, particularly if the person later travels there.Most U.S. Citizens, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. Passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport does not endanger U.S. Citizenship.Most countries permit a person to renounce or otherwise lose citizenship.
Information on losing foreign citizenship can be obtained from the foreign country’s embassy and consulates in the United States. Americans can renounce U.S. Citizenship in the proper form at U.S. Embassies and consulates abroad.
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