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if you are planning to immigrate to another country, would you give up your original country citizenship to become a cit
Posted 7/14/14
If you are planning to immigrate to another country, would you give up your original country citizenship to become a citizen in the new country?

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In 5-7 years time, i'm planning to immigrate to Japan, I've read the rules and everything, and one of the requirements is that i must give up my Australian citizenship... which is a really high demand, imo. I wouldn't want to give that up even if i'm not coming back [to Australia].

voted, "No way".
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32 / M / Córdoba, Argentina
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Posted 7/14/14 , edited 7/14/14
Of course I'd do it.

I mean, if I want to live in that country, why keep my original nationality?
Posted 7/14/14

edwarx wrote:

Of course I'd do it.

I mean, if I want to live in that country, why keep my original nationality?


Being Australian is part of my identity... I know some people in Sydney don't really see me as "Australian"... but it's ingrained into parts of my identity...

It just feels weird to give that up... [and i'm not patriotic, I don't really care about politics or warfare]...
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32 / M / Córdoba, Argentina
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Posted 7/14/14
Well... in my case, even if I have the typical argentinian pride, I'm not very identified with my country, maybe that's why it's not a big deal to me...

But, I mean... if you want to live in X country it's because you like it better than your own... so becoming a citizen of that country seems natural to me.
Posted 7/14/14 , edited 7/14/14
I'd have to think about it. It depends on where I'd want to move as well.
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20 / F / Disney World
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Posted 7/14/14
I voted Hmmmm, I'll think about it when the time comes

I'm planning on teaching English abroad after college. I don't know exactly where I want to teach or if I want to teach in a bunch of different countries. All I know is if I find a place to call home I'll probably give up my citizenship, but if I can keep my American citizenship along with the other country's citizenship that would be awesome.
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48 / M / Reston, Virginia
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I'd need to spend sometime living in a new country before I'd be willing to renounce my citizenship to stay there. A lot of countries allow dual citizenship and I'd go that route if it is available.
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I'd give up my U.S citizenship cause if you have dual citizenship you still have to pay U.S taxes on all your income, even though it's earned in another country. Also the U.S claims jurisdiction over all of it's citizens living abroad, if you do something that's legal in the country you've immigrated to but illegal in the U.S in theory they could prosecuted you if you return or even seek extradition.
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38 / M / Kansas
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Posted 7/14/14
Interesting question. Never really thought about it. Giving up my citizenship would seem unpatriotic. However, I have never even so much as registered to vote and have no intention to do so. So I guess it wouldn't make much difference. I'd definitely give up my citizenship if they let me be president of the other country tho.
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Posted 7/14/14
If you are an American you may as well keep your citizenship the IRS will still want to tax you regardless. I know someone whose mother was American and she applied for naturalization; now the IRS is auditing him even though he's never actually lived in the U.S..
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20 / M / Tokyo/Seoul Bound
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Posted 7/14/14
I live in the U.S. with my family. My mom has a U.S. passport while my dad has a Japanese passport. They both were born and living in Japan until they met here in America. I also have a U.S. passport since I was born here. So idk if you can have both Japan and U.S. citizenship but I would love to have that right.
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47 / M / Rochester, NY
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Posted 7/14/14

phogan wrote:

I'd give up my U.S citizenship cause if you have dual citizenship you still have to pay U.S taxes on all your income, even though it's earned in another country. Also the U.S claims jurisdiction over all of it's citizens living abroad, if you do something that's legal in the country you've immigrated to but illegal in the U.S in theory they could prosecuted you if you return or even seek extradition.


You nailed it!

As to US "protections"? if I did emigrate it would be to a place that welcomes me easily and I would not need to worry about unequal treatment under the law and employment (but I do have to worry about that in the US)

The only reason I would even consider keeping my US citizenship would be to vote for Pro-Israeli candidates!
(Guess where I would be going?! LOL)
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Posted 7/14/14
Already done it. I'm a naturalized U.S. citizen who gave up my original citizenship to become an American citizen.
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21 / M / The Void
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Posted 7/16/14
If I'm moving to another country, it's because I don't want to be in the one I'm currently in; therefor, of course I would give up my citizenship.
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I'd certainly have to think on that One.
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