Dual Citizenship

  1. I have researched this on the net but can't seem to find a simple answer so seen as this site has a wealth of knowledge, I thought I would try here, even though its not nurse related!
    Anyway, is it possible to hold dual citizenship for here and the UK. I was going to get mine as I am eligible but my hubby (American) and I are thinking of going back to the UK in 5 years or so for ???? but want to keep our options open in case we decide to come back. Any advice would be great!
    Thanks!!!
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from scattycarrot
    I have researched this on the net but can't seem to find a simple answer so seen as this site has a wealth of knowledge, I thought I would try here, even though its not nurse related!
    Anyway, is it possible to hold dual citizenship for here and the UK. I was going to get mine as I am eligible but my hubby (American) and I are thinking of going back to the UK in 5 years or so for ???? but want to keep our options open in case we decide to come back. Any advice would be great!
    Thanks!!!
    Yes you can but remember you will still have to file US taxes even if you move back to the UK
  4. by   madwife2002
    You have to file taxes when you have the green card too
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from madwife2002
    You have to file taxes when you have the green card too
    Thought that was only for a certain period of time if you leave the US as a GC whereas once citizen it is for life. That is my understanding
  6. by   madwife2002
    My friend gave up her green card when she returned to the UK because of having to file taxes and having no money to pay them
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Some stuff I read on another website indicates if in the UK and pay taxes here due to some agreement with the US you don't pay taxes again in the US just have to file the paperwork.
  8. by   madwife2002
    Ok well obviously my friend was exagerating the truth lol
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from madwife2002
    Ok well obviously my friend was exagerating the truth lol
    LOL

    We all live and learn
  10. by   scattycarrot
    Thanks ladies! I guess we will have to look into that. We would like to keep a foot in each country if possible!
  11. by   scott33
    Quote from scattycarrot
    I have researched this on the net but can't seem to find a simple answer so seen as this site has a wealth of knowledge, I thought I would try here, even though its not nurse related!
    Anyway, is it possible to hold dual citizenship for here and the UK. I was going to get mine as I am eligible but my hubby (American) and I are thinking of going back to the UK in 5 years or so for ???? but want to keep our options open in case we decide to come back. Any advice would be great!
    Thanks!!!
    As a holder of both US and UK passports, I can verify that dual citizenship is entirely possible.

    You have to have a minimum of 3 years permanent US residency, after which you need to file form N400 through the INS (now USCIS). You can follow the progress of the application online, but don't expect it to be an overnight thing, may take a couple of years or so. The fees will be hefty, and you have to take the test on US history, pass the interview, and have every move you have made since arriving in the US scrutinized. But all in all, well worth it if you want the best from both countries. Also has the benefit of never having to run anything past immigration ever again.

    For those who think they know otherwise, "verbally" renouncing your UK citizenship is more for ceremonial purposes, than legally binding ones, and has no detrimental effects on your status as a UK citizen outside the US. (once you take the oath, the US will only ever see you as a US citizen) The USCIS know this, which is possibly why they have a facility in DC which allows you to renew your UK passports when they expire, without having to go out the country.

    As for taxation, not too sure as I have only worked in either one country or the other in any given tax year. I have a modest UK savings account, which has my spending money when I visit.

    Here is an overview of the form you need

    N400

    And here is the official guide to gaining citizenship

    Guide

    Any other questions, fire away
    Last edit by scott33 on Dec 21, '07
  12. by   scattycarrot
    Appreciate that Scott, thanks! I am going to start the whole process shortly and having been through the immigration gauntlet already with obtaining my green card and PR status, I don't expect it to be cheap or timely. Luckily, we are here for the next 5 years at least so I have the time!
    Once US Citizenship is obtained, when and if we go back to the UK, do you just enter as normal on your British passport? Someone told me that you have to apply for prior approval for stays that are to be over 6 months? Not sure whether this is accurate or not?
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from scattycarrot
    Appreciate that Scott, thanks! I am going to start the whole process shortly and having been through the immigration gauntlet already with obtaining my green card and PR status, I don't expect it to be cheap or timely. Luckily, we are here for the next 5 years at least so I have the time!
    Once US Citizenship is obtained, when and if we go back to the UK, do you just enter as normal on your British passport? Someone told me that you have to apply for prior approval for stays that are to be over 6 months? Not sure whether this is accurate or not?
    Once citizen you enter UK with UK passport and US passport when entering the US.
  14. by   Belinda-wales
    [quote=Silverdragon102;2555468]Some stuff I read on another website indicates if in the UK and pay taxes here due to some agreement with the US you don't pay taxes again in the US just have to file the paperwork.[/quote

    This is true there is an agreement between uk and us you only pay taxes where you are living.:spin:

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