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Dual Citizenship

This list is based on the best current information available.  Some countries do not allow dual citizenship at all. Others have various restrictions regarding losing or acquiring dual citizenship and for that reason are not listed in the following.  If you are concerned about losing your present citizenship when you naturalize as a U.S. citizen, speak to a representative of your government before filing for naturalization.

Dual Citizenship Generally Allowed After U.S. Naturalization

Albania
Antigua
Australia
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Colombia
Costa Rica
Côte d´Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
France
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Jamaica
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Macao
Maldives
Mexico
Morocco
Namibia
Nevis
New Zealand
Nigeria
Panama
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
St. Christopher
St. Kitts
St. Lucia
Slovenia
Sri Lanka
Switzerland
Syria<
Taiwan
Togo
Tunisia
Turkey
Tuvalu
United Kingdom

Dual Citizenship Generally Not Allowed After U.S. Naturalization

Algeria
Andorra
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belarus
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brunei
Burundi
Cameroon
Chile
China
Congo
Cuba
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Guinea
Honduras
Indonesia
Iraq
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Libya
Malawi
Malaysia
Mali
Monaco
Mongolia
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
New Guinea
Nicaragua
Niger
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Papua
Príncipe Island
Qatar
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Singapore
South Korea
Sudan
Swaziland
Sweden
Tonga
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zimbabwe

Dual (or Multiple) Citizenship

Dual citizenship is the result of the interaction of the laws of two countries. People can become dual citizens automatically (normally by birth or marriage), or after successfully applying for the citizenship of another country.

When it comes to multiple citizenship – often also referred to as dual citizenship – the world is divided: there are countries whose citizenship laws allow their own citizens to acquire another citizenship without losing their present citizenship. In contrast, other countries do not allow the acquisition or holding of another citizenship, i.e. the acquisition of another citizenship may lead to the loss of the present citizenship.

Accordingly, the acquisition of an alternative, second citizenship is only legally possible for citizens of those countries which allow dual citizenship.

The following is an overview of citizenship laws in selected countries with regard to dual citizenship. The information is based on Henley & Partners’ interpretation of citizenship legislation in the relevant countries.

Countries which Allow Dual Citizenship

The following countries allow the acquisition of another citizenship:

Austria1 Denmark Grenada Latvia Philippines Switzerland
Australia Dominica Hungary Lebanon Poland Syria
Bangladesh Ecuador Iceland Lithuania3 Portugal Thailand
Belgium Egypt1 Iran Macedonia Romania Turkey
Belize El Salvador Iraq Malta Russia United Kingdom
Brazil Fiji Ireland Mexico Serbia United States of America
Canada Finland Israel Montenegro Spain (only in certain cases) Vietnam
Chile France Italy New Zealand Sri Lanka Western Samoa
Colombia Germany1 Jordan Pakistan2 St. Kitts & Nevis
Cyprus Greece Kenya Peru Sweden

1Generally not allowed; Persons retain their former citizenship only if they apply for permission so prior to taking out another citizenship. Otherwise citizenship is generally lost ex lege; in Austria: additionally Austria allows dual citizenship if Austrian citizenship is acquired under § 10 (6) of the Austrian Citizenship Act

2According to Chapter 14, Annex J-Article 6* of 1951 Pakistani Nationality Law and the amendments 1952, 1972, 1973 and 2000, holding dual citizenship was not permitted. But now the government of Pakistan recognizes and allows its citizens to also hold citizenships of 16 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and others.


Countries which Do Not Allow Dual Citizenship

The following countries do not allow the acquisition of another citizenship:

Brunei Kazakhstan Mauritius Norway Solomon Islands
China Kiribati Myanmar Papua New Guinea Venezuela
Indonesia Kuwait Nepal Saudi Arabia
Japan Malaysia Netherlands Singapore

Second Passport and Citizenship Specialists

Mahandru Associates are the world-wide market leaders in the procurement of second passports and dual citizenship for high net-worth individuals from the business and investment world. Each year more and more frustrated business people whose passport restricts their commercial opportunities turn to Mahandru Associates for their long-respected expertise and hands-on assistance in achieving their dream of second citizenship and economic freedom.

Each year the amount of countries offering Citizenship by Investment programs increases, while the demand for second passports grows, creating what should be a mutually-beneficial market in which all participants are happy. Mahandru Associates have become the perfect intermediary to ensure this is the case.

Mahandru Associates have long been established as the website individuals choose when they want results. Other sites may boast about their so-called achievements; only Mahandru Associates has the worldwide network of lawyers, bankers and diplomats needed to guarantee their clients always acquire what is the Ultimate Symbol of Freedom a second passport to a country of their choice.

Start Today, Change Your Life Forever

We live in troubled times. Our world is full of restrictions; restrictions on how much we can earn, how we spend, what we can do with our money, where we can travel, where we can live and where we can work. Even more seriously, some of us face prejudice, prejudice against our religion, sexuality, even our very lives. Owning a new passport to a brand new country that is free from such restrictions, free from prejudice, that allows you to do whatever you want with your money is a truly liberating experience, and one which is easily attainable thanks to Mahandru Associates

For those of us that are not criminals, the right to travel without severe restriction in the free world should be ours, and not denied us purely because of the politics of the land of our birth. If one has toiled long and hard to build a business, why should one suffer financially as soon as one starts reaping the rewards of their work?

Ownership of a second passport will open up amazing avenues to you both economically and in terms of liberty.

Thanks to Citizenship by Investment, gaining that precious, life changing second passport has never been easier. Why not take the time to explore some of the fantastic citizenship programs offered by E.U countries like the USA, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus as well as Caribbean countries like Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis on our homepage.

The programs featured on our website cover the full spectrum of individual needs and requirements of the potential passport holder. Whatever your issues are, be they economical, logistical or indeed life-threatening, owning that second passport will make life, richer, more enjoyable and even worth living again, for you and your family.

Second Passport: How Dual Citizenship Can Save Your Life

The idea with a second passport is that no government should have the sole power over your life or your assets. If you are the citizen of only one country, as most people are, you are essentially at the mercy of your government.

If they decide to jail you or confiscate your assets, most of the time you’re on your own, unless you’re the citizen of another country. So owning a second passport through dual citizenship in another country is an integral part of international diversification.

The most telling example of how second passports have saved lives and assets is during World War II, when thousands of Jews were saved from concentration camps thanks to second passports that they managed to get through diplomats from various European countries. For every Jew who managed to get a protective passport, there were countless others who didn’t because of the sheer number of applications.

A more recent example is the revolution in Egypt where many people wanted to leave but the only destinations accessible to these people, due to the origin of their passport, were countries such as Syria where the revolution was in full swing as well.

If those people had an adequate second passport, they could have seen the chaos on their televisions, rather than out of their bedroom window. Instead, they had no other option than to stay in place while bullets were flying. An important point here is that those who already had a second passport beforethe situation started to deteriorate did not have to wait in line. They got out of the country safely and quickly along with their assets. The US Government is constantly making it harder for its citizens to apply for and renew their passports. One example of this is a proposal that would allow the government to invalidate your passport if you don’t file your tax return in time.

How To Get A Second Passport

This is not information that you will find on Wikipedia. In fact, there is not much (correct) information available on how to actually get a dual passport. The ‘industry’ is full of snake oil sales people who assert that they can get you a legal passport in 30 days, as if passports are freely available for anyone who applies. You basically have two options to acquire a second passport:

1. Citizenship through Naturalization

This is where you become resident of a country and wait a couple years until you can apply for citizenship, the natural way. Some countries like Switzerland require you to live in the country for twelve years before they let you apply for citizenship, while others, like Singapore, might force you as a new citizen to go through their two year military service. There are countries out there though that allow you to apply for citizenship after only as few as three years of residency. During this residency you don’t even have to live in the country, it might be enough to visit once a year during this naturalization period.

2. Economic Citizenship: Fast Track To A Second Passport

The fastest, but certainly not the cheapest way, to getting a second passport is through an economic citizenship program, where you essentially buy a second citizenship. These programs often take the form of an investment program where you either invest in real estate or in certain funds as specified by the local goverment. The most well known of these programs is on the island country of St Kitts & Nevis where you make an investment in the country and in return get a St Kitts passport and citizenship. So how much does a St Kitts passport cost? You have two options. Either invest $350,000 in qualified real estate or donate a non refundable amount of $200,000 to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. There are far cheaper dual citizenships to go after though if you’re willing to wait out the naturalization period. You can get a second passport for as little as 2-3% of the cost of a St Kitts citizenship, or even for free, if you live up to certain requirements. If your grandparents originate from a different country, there’s a possibility that you are entitled to apply for citizenship in that country, without having to go through a naturalization period.

Buy Passport

Passport for sale: Instability in the Middle East leaves many seeking
second citizenship

How much is a passport worth? People can secure the rights to live in another country through a growing trade in ‘economic citizenship’ around the world, and much of that demand is from the Middle East.

“Rana” and her family have never set foot in the Commonwealth of Dominica, but they can legitimately claim citizenship of the Caribbean island.

The Jordanian family, from Abu Dhabi, are part of a growing trend in the region of buying so-called “economic citizenship” to secure their future.

Like thousands of others, many from politically troubled countries such as Egypt and Syria, they have invested several hundred thousand dollars to secure second passports that may give them better opportunities.

Rana knows the value of a passport from Dominica. Because the island was once a British colony, they have already used their new citizenship for a visa-free holiday to the United Kingdom.

As Jordanians, they would have needed to apply for a standard UK visa up to three months before the trip. As Dominicans, they enjoy visa-free travel, a privilege that will be extended next year for visits to the rest of the European Union.

Economic citizenship, or second passports, is a multibillion-dollar industry, and one that is growing faster in the Middle East than in any other part of the world.

In the past five years, the number of countries offering citizenship and/or residency, in exchange for cash or property investments, has doubled, and a single applicant can now secure a second citizenship with US$100,000 (Dh367,000).

Certain countries such as Hungary, Bulgaria, Cyprus and the UK give the passport holders almost instant access into Europe – tempting for those whose own passports give them little security or freedom of movement.

“Unfortunately, there is a direct correlation between what’s going on in the Middle East and the demand for second citizenship,” says Armand Arton, chief executive of Arton Capital, a Canadian advisory group that deals with immigrant investor programmes.

“The demand in the Middle East is growing faster than any other market, because of the political instability that started with the Arab Spring.”

Rana, who has spent much of her life in the UAE, believes that second citizenship will make her family’s lives easier and will provide more opportunities for her children. Along with her husband and three children, the family spent almost Dh1 million on 10-year renewable passports two years ago.

“A friend of my husband told him about Dominica, and there was an office in Dubai to help with the applications,” she says.

“We had interviews and had to sort a lot of paperwork, but somebody was there to talk us through it all. I feel more at ease having it. It makes travelling very flexible.”

New rules mean that citizens of Dominica will be allowed to live in European countries for a total six months a year under the Schengen Agreement.

Arton Capital has offices around the world and has generated more than $2.5 billion in foreign investment to countries offering second citizenship or residency since it was established in 2006. There are currently about 20 countries that offer some form of second citizenship.

In Saint Kitts and Nevis, in the West Indies, it can be bought in two ways. The real estate option requires applicants to invest at least US$400,000 in designated property. The property must be kept for at least five years to qualify.

The second option in the tax-free federation is to make a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. Single applicants have to pay $250,000, plus a fee of $7,500.

People with up to three dependents must pay $300,000, and those with up to five, an extra $350,000.

The cost for a single applicant in the Commonwealth of Dominica is a contribution of $100,000 plus fees, or investment in certain real estate worth $200,000.

PASSPORT FOR SALE

Passport for sale: Instability in the Middle East leaves many seeking
second citizenship

How much is a passport worth? People can secure the rights to live in another country through a growing trade in ‘economic citizenship’ around the world, and much of that demand is from the Middle East.

“Rana” and her family have never set foot in the Commonwealth of Dominica, but they can legitimately claim citizenship of the Caribbean island.

The Jordanian family, from Abu Dhabi, are part of a growing trend in the region of buying so-called “economic citizenship” to secure their future.

Like thousands of others, many from politically troubled countries such as Egypt and Syria, they have invested several hundred thousand dollars to secure second passports that may give them better opportunities.

Rana knows the value of a passport from Dominica. Because the island was once a British colony, they have already used their new citizenship for a visa-free holiday to the United Kingdom.

As Jordanians, they would have needed to apply for a standard UK visa up to three months before the trip. As Dominicans, they enjoy visa-free travel, a privilege that will be extended next year for visits to the rest of the European Union.

Economic citizenship, or second passports, is a multibillion-dollar industry, and one that is growing faster in the Middle East than in any other part of the world.

In the past five years, the number of countries offering citizenship and/or residency, in exchange for cash or property investments, has doubled, and a single applicant can now secure a second citizenship with US$100,000 (Dh367,000).

Certain countries such as Hungary, Bulgaria, Cyprus and the UK give the passport holders almost instant access into Europe – tempting for those whose own passports give them little security or freedom of movement.

“Unfortunately, there is a direct correlation between what’s going on in the Middle East and the demand for second citizenship,” says Armand Arton, chief executive of Arton Capital, a Canadian advisory group that deals with immigrant investor programmes.

“The demand in the Middle East is growing faster than any other market, because of the political instability that started with the Arab Spring.”

Rana, who has spent much of her life in the UAE, believes that second citizenship will make her family’s lives easier and will provide more opportunities for her children. Along with her husband and three children, the family spent almost Dh1 million on 10-year renewable passports two years ago.

“A friend of my husband told him about Dominica, and there was an office in Dubai to help with the applications,” she says.

“We had interviews and had to sort a lot of paperwork, but somebody was there to talk us through it all. I feel more at ease having it. It makes travelling very flexible.”

New rules mean that citizens of Dominica will be allowed to live in European countries for a total six months a year under the Schengen Agreement.

Arton Capital has offices around the world and has generated more than $2.5 billion in foreign investment to countries offering second citizenship or residency since it was established in 2006. There are currently about 20 countries that offer some form of second citizenship.

In Saint Kitts and Nevis, in the West Indies, it can be bought in two ways. The real estate option requires applicants to invest at least US$400,000 in designated property. The property must be kept for at least five years to qualify.

The second option in the tax-free federation is to make a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. Single applicants have to pay $250,000, plus a fee of $7,500.

People with up to three dependents must pay $300,000, and those with up to five, an extra $350,000.

The cost for a single applicant in the Commonwealth of Dominica is a contribution of $100,000 plus fees, or investment in certain real estate worth $200,000.

Dual-Citizenship

Dual (or Multiple) Citizenship

Dual citizenship is the result of the interaction of the laws of two countries. People can become dual citizens automatically (normally by birth or marriage), or after successfully applying for the citizenship of another country.

When it comes to multiple citizenship – often also referred to as dual citizenship – the world is divided: there are countries whose citizenship laws allow their own citizens to acquire another citizenship without losing their present citizenship. In contrast, other countries do not allow the acquisition or holding of another citizenship, i.e. the acquisition of another citizenship may lead to the loss of the present citizenship.

Accordingly, the acquisition of an alternative, second citizenship is only legally possible for citizens of those countries which allow dual citizenship.

The following is an overview of citizenship laws in selected countries with regard to dual citizenship. The information is based on Henley & Partners’ interpretation of citizenship legislation in the relevant countries.

Countries which Allow Dual Citizenship

The following countries allow the acquisition of another citizenship:

Austria1 Denmark Grenada Latvia Philippines Switzerland
Australia Dominica Hungary Lebanon Poland Syria
Bangladesh Ecuador Iceland Lithuania3 Portugal Thailand
Belgium Egypt1 Iran Macedonia Romania Turkey
Belize El Salvador Iraq Malta Russia United Kingdom
Brazil Fiji Ireland Mexico Serbia United States of America
Canada Finland Israel Montenegro Spain (only in certain cases) Vietnam
Chile France Italy New Zealand Sri Lanka Western Samoa
Colombia Germany1 Jordan Pakistan2 St. Kitts & Nevis
Cyprus Greece Kenya Peru Sweden

1Generally not allowed; Persons retain their former citizenship only if they apply for permission so prior to taking out another citizenship. Otherwise citizenship is generally lost ex lege; in Austria: additionally Austria allows dual citizenship if Austrian citizenship is acquired under § 10 (6) of the Austrian Citizenship Act

2According to Chapter 14, Annex J-Article 6* of 1951 Pakistani Nationality Law and the amendments 1952, 1972, 1973 and 2000, holding dual citizenship was not permitted. But now the government of Pakistan recognizes and allows its citizens to also hold citizenships of 16 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and others.


Countries which Do Not Allow Dual Citizenship

The following countries do not allow the acquisition of another citizenship:

Brunei Kazakhstan Mauritius Norway Solomon Islands
China Kiribati Myanmar Papua New Guinea Venezuela
Indonesia Kuwait Nepal Saudi Arabia
Japan Malaysia Netherlands Singapore

European Citizenship & Residency by Investment Summit- Middle East 2017

Mahandru Events, in partnership with Aristo Developers and _____________ Legal Services, returns to Dubai, UAE for the first annual Investment Migration Summit which takes place on 21st January, 2017 at the Shangri-La Hotel Dubai.

The half day conference provides one of the most up to date and comprehensive view on the world’s immigrant investor programs putting special emphasis on the Cyprus Residency and Citizenship program through Real Estate Investment.

This year’s event is expected to bring together 150+ industry professionals such as immigration lawyers, migration advisory firms, property developers, tax firms and Government representatives, migration agents, wealth managers, family offices, and potential investor clients.

 

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Aristo Developers and ______________ for this year’s Summit in Dubai. With our extensive on the ground experience and understanding of the Middle East investor market together with the reputation of the participating partners, we believe year’s Summit will meet and exceed expectations.” said Raheel Sheikh, Managing Director of Mahandru Group.

Potential investors and industry professionals who wish to take part in this year’s Summit in Dubai can register for the event to get a complimentary conference pass

 

For more information contact 800 Mahandru 

Citizenship By Investment – Cyprus

The “Citizenship By Investment” program enacted by Cyprus Government in Last few Years, rightfully renders Cyprus as the “jurisdiction of choice” for many high net worth individuals and their families who decide to live, invest and setup their business in Cyprus.

 

INVESTMENT CRITERIA AND CONDITIONS

1. Cyprus EU Citizenship may be obtained through a secure property investment of €2 million, provided the  property/ies is/are residential.

2. The investment can be a single property or combined property portfolio.

3. The main investment may be sold after a period of three (3) years, however, the investor must always maintain / purchase a property with a value of at least €500,000

4. Clean criminal record is required

5The investor’s parents are entitled to apply for Cyprus Citizenship by Exception provided that they have purchased a permanent residence of at least €500,000 plus VAT.

BENEFITS OF THE CYPRUS EU CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME

FAST AND SIMPLE – Cyprus EU Citizenship by Investment can be obtained within 3 months

NO RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS – Investors must visit Cyprus at least once every 7 years

FREE MOVEMENT – Citizens have the right to live, work and get an education within the European Union, Free movement of goods, services and capital, Visa-free travel to over 158 countries including the EU and Canada

PROTECTION – Protection by the diplomatic or consular authorities of any EU country

LANGUAGE – There are no language requirements

NO DONATION – No donation to the Cyprus Government is required

RIGHT TO VOTE –  All European Citizens have the right to vote and stand for European Parliament Elections

DUAL CITIZENSHIP – No need to renounce previous nationality as dual citizenship is allowed

VALID FOR LIFE – Citizenship can be passed to future generations by descent

ELIGIBILITY – All nationalities are eligible for the programme

NO TAX CONSEQUENCES – No tax consequences unless one opts to become a tax resident in Cyprus

Citizenship By Investment

For foreign investors, acquiring a Spain citizenship and passport brings a possibility to operate between Europe and Mediterranean countries with easy trade links with North and South American countries.

Mahandru Associates is a leading Spain citizenship by investment and passport provider, helping potential individuals, businessmen and families secure a second passport. We monitor, evaluate and regulate all possible solutions to ensure they meet the fundamental standards of the Spain Citizenship by Investment Program. We use our intimate knowledge to ensure the highest success rate with our clients’ applications.

Benefits

  • Travel directly from your country of origin to any Schengen country.
  • Residents are welcome to travel and reside freely within the Schengen Area for up to 3 months every 6 months period with the right of multiple entries.
  • No need to reside in the country.
  • You and your family enjoy a renewable European Residency Visa (as long as the investment is held)
  • One of the largest economies in Europe offering an Investor Visa Program with real estate prices now at their lowest.
  • One of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide, hence high demand for your property should you wish to rent it out.
  • Highly developed country, which enjoys high quality of life and political stability, beautiful natural environment and sunny Mediterranean climate.
  • European Residency in 2 – 3 months.
  • Open to all Nationalities.
  • Same rights to Education as the Spanish Citizens and excellent health care system.
  • Open bank accounts and expand investments worldwide.
  • Can lead to Spanish Citizenship

For More Details Click Here


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