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Dual citizenship

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What is dual citizenship?

Dual citizenship means that a citizen of one country can also acquire by right or apply for citizenship of another country or countries without renouncing their current nationality.

Second citizenship can be acquired by birth or marriage in some countries and by naturalisation only in other countries. For example, a child born in the USA automatically becomes an American citizen. However, this is not the case in the UK and being born there does not entitle you to British citizenship.

It is important to remember that while a country of second citizenship might accept dual citizenship, the country of your original citizenship might not, like Austria, so it is worth double checking this before applying for second passport.

Imperial & Legal will be happy to provide advice and information on your eligibility to dual citizenship based on your situation and personal circumstances.

Some countries also permit restoration of citizenship for those who lost it and want to get it back, like for example Czech Republic.

Value of dual citizenship

Visa-free travel

Second passport gives you freedom of travel opening borders to many more countries as opposed to holding just one passport. It saves a lot of time and money as you don’t need to apply for visas. And in your travels you are entitled to receive diplomatic help and protection from the government of the country/countries where you are citizen.

Rights and benefits

A passport gives you the right to live, work and study in the countries where you hold citizenship, as well as the right to own property and vote. Besides you gain access to social security system and public funds. A huge benefit of a European passport is that it gives all these rights in any EU country. For example, a Maltese citizen can live, study, work and exercise their citizenship rights in any member country of the EU.

Business and financial benefits

You can open and run a business in more than just one country as a full citizen. And you don’t need a work permit to work in the countries of your citizenship. Moreover, many banks and financial institutions tend to impose more strict checks on the nationals of certain countries and deal easier with other nationalities.

Knowledge and experience

If you obtain a second citizenship with the view of relocating to another country and residing there, you have a unique chance of knowing another culture and a way of life. It is also an opportunity to learn a new language.

Imperial & Legal works on the global market providing citizenship and residence advice and services to our clients. We support high net worth individuals and their families in obtaining a second passport or residence in a country of their choice.

We strongly believe in offering our valued customers only bespoke and personal advice, that’s why we know which investment program for permanent residence or citizenship is best for you and your family. Be it increased global mobility, beneficial taxation or security, there is a program and a country for everyone.

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