How to Legally Obtain a Second Citizenship

Let us mention again that passport is a document being issued by the state to its citizens for travel and identification purposes. You become a citizen first and being a citizen get a passport.

Is it legal to have a second citizenship and how to legally obtain it?

Most Countries do Recognize Dual Citizenship

It means that if you naturalize (become a citizen) in another state you don’t have to renounce your current citizenship. How to travel with two passports? Easy. When leaving your country you present the immigration your first passport, when entering another country you present your second passport.

If your country does not allow for dual citizenship you will have to renounce its citizenship after you get a new one. If your country does not allow for renunciation of its citizenship or make it as difficult as possible think twice and plan obtaining of a second citizenship with a particular care.

There are Only Two Legal Ways to Get an Alternative Citizenship

First way is via regular processes, that all countries have in place, allowing for application to immigration for residency with the ability to become a citizen (or naturalize) at some later date. Unless you qualify for a second passport because of family ties or marriage, the only way to obtain one is after a period of extended residence in another country. Normally, this takes 5 to 10 years with rare exceptions (such as Dominican Republic, where you can get it faster).

The other way is to get an instant citizenship through economic citizenship programs being offered by some states interested in attracting foreign investments or donations into their economies. Among most popular recently, obtaining citizenship in Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis can be mentioned. Economic citizenship has its price, but it turns to be completely worth of it.

Anything Else is Fraud

Generally speaking. Passports of non-existing states, Citizens of the World, passports that you cannot use to enter and leave the country (that means they are not registered, i.e. not valid) or passports to non-citizens are not legal. The latter case has rare exceptions such as passports to persons with a retiree residence permit in Panama, Latvian non-citizens passports, diplomatic passports, refugee passports and certain other travel documents issued by international organizations and a number of countries. Other than listed exceptions, by using those or anything alike you will certainly get in a trouble.

Of course, there may be a situation when you are offered a real passport (and a real citizenship) in a decent country, which are very likely not to be a fraud, since many countries have special legislation in place granting their citizenship by a decree of the authorized person. However, be prepared that most probably this is going to be realized by means of a bribe, and, in this case, if you paid and didn’t get what you paid for, you have no legal means to complain and claim your money back.

In any case, you should be aware that there is an expansive underground black market in forged and faked passports. Sometimes even legal passports can end up in cancellation. And nowadays it takes just days and sometimes minutes for it to become known to the customs and immigration officials worldwide that certain passports are called in question.

Be wise not to jeopardize your money and freedom, apply for a professional consultation and go for a “white” option.

Also read our article on Google Knol: Economic Citizenship Programs.