I am french and want to take the american citizenship, can I keep my French passeport ?
Will I be american for the american government and have the dual citizenship for the French government?
- Betty BLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yes, you can keep your French passport. You’ll be an American in USA, an American or a French in France and whatever you choose anywhere else. You’ll still be a French citizen in USA, as far as your local French Consulate is concerned.
Unlike what Allen said, it’s great when you travel so when you go to France, you get in the short line at Customs, because you’re French and when you go back to the State, you get to the short line at Customs because you’re an American.
All countries are different, From “we welcome multiple nationalities so our citizens will have an edge worldwide” to “you’ll go to prison if you dare to have another nationality anywhere else”.
For some reason, the US government will require for you to renounce any other nationality you may have, in order to become American. They call that “the oath renouncing previous allegiances”. Fortunately, this oath is not used so that you would have to actually terminate your French citizenship. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger became an American, and the Governor of California, while still keeping his Austrian citizenship.
Based on the U.S. Department of State regulation on dual citizenship (7 FAM 1162), the Supreme Court of the United States has stated that dual citizenship is a "status long recognized in the law" and that "a person may have and exercise rights of nationality in two countries and be subject to the responsibilities of both. The mere fact he asserts the rights of one citizenship does not without more mean that he renounces the other," (Kawakita v. U.S., 343 U.S. 717) (1952). In Schneider v. Rusk 377 U.S. 163 (1964), the US Supreme Court ruled that a naturalized U.S. citizen has the right to return to his native country and to resume his former citizenship, and also to remain a U.S. citizen even if he never returns to the United States.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) neither defines dual citizenship nor takes a position for it or against it. There has been no prohibition against dual citizenship, but some provisions of the INA and earlier U.S. nationality laws were designed to reduce situations in which dual citizenship exists. Although naturalizing citizens are required to undertake an oath renouncing previous allegiances, the oath has never been enforced to require the actual termination of original citizenship.
Although the U.S. Government does not endorse dual citizenship as a matter of policy, it recognizes the existence of dual citizenship and completely tolerates the maintenance of multiple citizenship by U.S. citizens. In the past, claims of other countries on dual-national U.S. citizens sometimes placed them in situations where their obligations to one country were in conflict with the laws of the other. However, as fewer countries require military service and most base other obligations, such as the payment of taxes, on residence and not citizenship, these conflicts have become less frequent. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in recent years in the number of people who maintain U.S. citizenship in other countries.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
If you have lived in the US in the requires status ...and for the required time ....
you may apply for citizenship and then a passport
you can keep the French stuff as well
- allen wLv 71 decade ago
if you pass the citizenship test you may keep your french, the US does not require that you give up your other citizenship.. but wise not to travel using both..
go her for the US requirements on this::::::
immigration.govSource(s): www.us-immigration.com uscis.gov/graphics/index.htm immigration.gov