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Old Dec 19th 2002, 3:07 pm
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I am a British citizen,born in Scotland.Have been in the U.S. for 24yrs.
If I became a U.S. citizen,will I lose my British citizenship?,,Is it possible to have dual citizenship.
thank you,,,,,,,,,,,,,Janet

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Old Jan 5th 2003, 10:28 pm
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From the website www.britainusa.com the official site of the UK embassy to the US

"Dual Nationality (Adults)

When the British Nationality Act 1948 came into effect on 1 January 1949, citizens of the United Kingdom and colonies who subsequently became naturalised citizens of other countries no longer automatically lost their British nationality. Since that date, citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies who became naturalised citizens of a foreign state retained their status as British subjects, citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, unless they made a formal declaration of renunciation in front of a British Consul or other British official authorised to accept such declarations. A declaration made before a foreign official for the purpose of acquiring another nationality or for any other purpose did not affect the position in United Kingdom law. With the enactment of the new nationality law (British Nationality Act, 1981) which came into effect on 1 January 1983 the provisions for the recognition of dual nationality and the procedure for renunciation of British citizenship have been retained.

Although acquisition or use of US citizenship does not of itself jeopardise retention of British citizenship, and there is not objection on the part of British authorities to a dual citizen using a US passport, it should not be assumed that the reverse is also true. A US citizen voluntarily acquiring British citizenship may lose his US citizenship; and a dual citizen who makes use of his British citizenship in certain ways, for example joining HM Forces, taking an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty and in certain circumstances exercising other rights or privileges of British citizenship, may jeopardise his US citizenship. The US authorities expect dual citizens to travel out of and into United States territory only on US passports. British citizens who are also US citizens are therefore advised to consult the US State Department (or if overseas a US Consul) before taking any action which might be regarded as inconsistent with their status as US citizens.

A British citizen may return and resume residence in Britain at any time, regardless of being a dual national, provided that he has not made a formal declaration of renunciation of British citizenship as described in paragraph one above.Such persons may in British law exercise any right possessed generally by British citizens, but of course it is their own responsibility to ascertain from the appropriate US authorities what effect, if any, their action may have on their status as a citizen of that country.

Children born in the United States whose fathers (and for those born after 31 December 1982 either of whose parents) are British citizens become United States citizens by birth and may also be British citizens by descent. [The position of such children is explained in Dual Nationality (Children)].

British citizens who are also citizens of another country are advised that they cannot be accorded official British protection when they are in the territory of the other citizenship. If, under the law of that country, they are liable for any obligation (such as military service) the fact that they are also British citizens does not exempt them from it. "

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Old Jan 21st 2003, 10:57 pm
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Originally posted by JANET MACLEOD
I am a British citizen,born in Scotland.Have been in the U.S. for 24yrs.
If I became a U.S. citizen,will I lose my British citizenship?,,Is it possible to have dual citizenship.
thank you,,,,,,,,,,,,,Janet
You can have dual, triple, . . .
I'm British and American.
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Old Mar 8th 2003, 12:29 am
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Good news you can have both, my wife is born and bred uk but has US citizenship through her father, and we're off to Florida in a few months with visas for me and the kids no probs all filed through my wife at US Embassy.
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