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UNITED STATES: Dual citizenship

Marine Corps General Michael Sullivan reports: "My oldest son was born in 1960 in England while I was an exchange pilot with the RAF. I received a letter from the American Embassy in London that stated he would be automatically considered an American citizen unless he took steps to become a British citizen before he was 21 years of age. No action was required if he wanted to remain an American citizen. He has never had a problem and had no trouble getting his American passport even though he was born in the UK"

My guess is that, given current practices, he could have got a British passport too. A number of people use those two passports. A British passport has advantages when travelling in Europe. As for Miles Seeley's son, Paul Simon says: "The law has also changed since Miles' son was born, in all likelihood. Born anywhere of even one US Citizen parent makes you a citizen; if you in turn wish to transmit citizenship, you must spend a certain number of years of your life in the USA. But there are exceptions for government service abroad".

This citizenship business is as puzzling to me as the game theory. I am glad I did not enter the consular service, although those visits to the morgue would be a relief.

Ronald Hilton - 1/27/02