The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own nationality laws based on its own policy. Persons may have dual nationality by automatic operation of laws rather than by choice. For example, a child born in a foreign country to U.S. national parents may be both a U.S. national and a national of the country of birth.
U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one nationality or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another nationality does not risk losing U.S. nationality. For instance, a U.S. national may acquire foreign nationality by marriage. A U.S. Citizen through naturalization may be able to keep the nationality of the country of birth. However, a person who acquires a foreign nationality by applying for it may lose U.S. nationality. In order to lose U.S. nationality, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign nationality voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. nationality. If you are concerned you may have lost your U.S. nationality, it is recommended you consult with an experienced immigration attorney. Contact Dorsett & Zapata, PLLC for your free consultation.