Does the US recognize foreign titles of nobility during the naturalization process?
I know the US can not grant its own titles of nobility by constitution but can one retain the title if he/she becomes a US citizen? If no, please be specific and say per what law. There's a question asking whether I have a title of nobility in a foreign country on the naturalization form.
- JerH1Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The U.S. government doesn't recognize the titles; they have not control (or, really, interest) in whether the country that sponsors the title allows American citizens to hold it. There are numerous examples of, for example, members of British nobility who hold American or joint American-British citizenship. (One example is actor Christopher Guest, who holds dual citizenship and is a Baron in the U.K.).
- capitalgentlemanLv 71 decade ago
The US will not recognize the title one you become American, as Americans cannot have titles. My guess is that they expect you to give it up.
However, the country from which the title originates may well still recognize it. It puts a person in a bit of a quandary. Some countries will allow a person to use a "foreign" title, but the US does not.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
If the Duke of Wellington was to apply to become a US citizen he would no longer be the Duke of Wellington but Mr. Smith. Nobility titles do not convert in the US.Source(s): Bear
- merwinLv 43 years ago
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