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Nation States/Nationalities/Citizenships

     Steven Torok brings his experience to bear on this complicated subject:
     "Not many states like dual nationalities. However, most "grudgingly" except them! To lose US citizenship, there are only two ways: to serve in another nation's armed forces or to vote in political elections in another nation. Note that standing as a political candidate (but not voting yourself) is no ground of loosing US citizenship! At the time of naturalization, other allegiances are given up. However, this does not mean that other passports/nationalities could subsequently not be acquired and/or original nationality re-confirmed by the country from which the political exile came to the US. This might come as the result of political changes (e.g. the collapse of communism) This was my own experience . Having worked as a UN official for 18 years, I repeatedly saw the practical need to carry at least two passports (one official UN, recognized by some states but not all, one or two national, considered "friendly" by different states). I once traveled as a stateless person on a so-called "Nansen Passport" issued by a notary public in New York State that severely limited my access to our "Globalizing World" at the time! Any other experience ?"

     My comment: A number of naturalized Americans from Europe use the passport of their native country for travel in Europe, where a US passport complicates travel.

Ronald Hilton - 2/22/00