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Dual CitizenshipThe 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. Normally it is seen that the country where a dual national resides generally has a stronger claim to that person’s allegiance.

If you have questions about dual citizenship call experienced immigration attorney Irina Vinogradsky at (202)580-4559.

However, in most cases, dual nationals:

– owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country;

– 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;
– must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States;
– 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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