hbs - it's simple (moved myself from Kansas City)..........WE CAN"T VOTE 🙂
Hope this clears it up 🙂
I don't believe people who live within the District of Columbia can vote for President.
I grew up right outside of the area and have many friends who still live in DC. They can vote for president but just don't have a voice on the hill.
I looked it up further for you. The 23rd Amendment to the Constitution gives DC residents the right to vote for President and Vice President.
Thank you, I stand corrected.
Trade: Yeah, but I know Brits who have both US & UK citizenship.
EE: I believe you can have dual citizenship by way of your parents. But when you are naturalized, you give up your other allegiance.
Hey EE! Yes, that is my understanding of the situation as well.
I was born in the U.S. to parents who were citizens of a European country at the time of my birth (they were legal resident aliens in the process of becoming naturalized U.S. citizens and my father had been drafted and served in the U.S. Army for several years before I appeared.) Because they were not yet U.S. nationals when I was born, I have dual citizenship with the country of their birth and the U.S. I hold passports from both nations and I was told I would only have to choose if I wanted a career requiring an oath of allegiance to the U.S. i.e. some top level foreign service positions and military service (including U.S. President because s/he is Commander-in-Chief of the military.)
Dual nationality can be, well, a dual edge blade. A European passport is handy when traveling in Europe because it reduces the number of lines in which a traveler must wait, and there are some other benefits, like the right to work in the EU and pay EU tuition rather than foreign national tuition at EU universities, providing one has the appropriate facility with the local language. On the flip side, though born in the U.S. and having lived only in the U.S. and Western Europe as a child, when I later worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, my dual nationality led the FBI to probe more deeply into my European heritage and the existence of a distant relative, unknown to me, who lived in a communist country, prevented me from getting the bump to my top secret clearance that was required to work on a special project.
The Brits I know had children here who naturally were US citizens. The father had a green card & then he & his wife became citizens but retained their British passport and are still US citizens although they are now living & working back in the UK as UK citizens. The same for a Scot I knew.
Edited to add from the above site I posted:
Dual US Citizenship: The U.S. government allows dual citizenship. United States law recognizes dual citizenship, but the U.S. government does not encourage it is as a matter of policy due to the problems that may arise from it. It is important to understand that a foreign citizen does NOT lose his or her citizenship when becoming a U.S. citizen. An individual that becomes a U.S. citizen through naturalization may keep his or her original citizenship. However, as some countries do not recognize dual citizenship, it is important to consider it carefully before applying for U.S. citizenship.
But Trade, my question is: What does this: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=931696981298d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=d6f4194d3e88d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD mean to someone who becomes a naturalized citizen? When you renounce allegience to any state, you would not longer be able to be a citizen of that state. But as your site says, dual citizenship is complicated.
Citizenship is a different animal from a resident of a State. Assuming you're a US citizen and a legal resident of the VI you cannot legally do an absentee ballot vote for President. But I do know you can have dual citizenship but it depends on the other country.
Trade: There is a piece on BBC Caribbean report tonight about MPs in St Kitts who hold citizenship in the US. The reporter made my same point, that it depends HOW you become a citizen.
I understand but I was just saying that it's not impossible to have. The people I knew who had children here became US citizens and their children were US citizens by birth but their children are also UK citizens. The whole family are dual.