This month, new rules may come into effect regarding immigrants’ rights to attain British citizenship. While it does not pertain to myself, I do wonder if I should consider British citizenship. At present, I do not qualify. Another two years in this country would give me eligibility. There are these other tests of citizenship and proof of “good citizenship” to go through, but I’m not too worried about that.
My question is, would there be a benefit? Would it make life any easier? I know it would give me the right to vote, but how else would it help me? I already have an indefinite visa.
I do know the possible disadvantages. From what I understand, if I apply for UK citizenship, I may lose US citizenship. And if there’s any remote possibility that we return to the US, I wouldn’t want to lose that citizenship. The key word is “might”. A British citizen, may acquire US citizenship without losing his/her UK citizenship. He would have dual nationality. However, the opposite is not true. The US government’s website states that US citizens who voluntarily apply for citizenship in another country “may” lose their US citizenship. This “may” could be crucial. However, if automatic citizenship is granted, that person would not lose their US citizenship. How does one get “automatic” citizenship without “voluntarily” applying?
My children have automatic dual citizenship. But, they only hold US passports at this stage. They would be able to get UK passports if we apply for them without them having to go through the citizenship process. If I could do the same thing, I’d go for it. But I don’t think that’s possible.