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!
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
And here is the official guide to gaining citizenship
Any other questions, fire away