Dual Nationality

Dual Nationality

An equal claim, simultaneously possessed by two nations, to the allegiance of an individual.

This term is frequently perceived as synonymous with dual citizenship, but the latter term encompasses the concept of state and federal citizenship enjoyed by persons who are born or naturalized in the United States.

Under International Law, the determination of citizenship when dual nationality is involved is governed by treaty, an agreement between two or more nations.

A person who possesses dual citizenship generally has the right to "elect," or to choose, the citizenship of one nation over that of another, within the applicable age limit or specified time period. A person could be a U.S. citizen because of his or her birth in the United States and a citizen of a foreign country because his or her immigrant parents returned with their child to their native land. Foreign law could deem the child to be a citizen of the parents' native land, but it cannot divest the child of U.S. citizenship.Under federal law, a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen relinquishes his or her U.S. citizenship if the individual procures naturalization in a foreign state through a personal application, or pursuant to an application filed in his or her behalf by a parent, guardian, or duly authorized agent, or through the naturalization of a parent having legal custody. An exception, however, provides that the individual will not lose his or her U.S. citizenship as the consequence of the naturalization of a parent or parents while he or she is under twenty-one years of age, or as the result of a naturalization obtained on his or her behalf while under twenty-one years of age by a parent, guardian, or authorized agent, unless the individual fails to enter the United States to establish a permanent residence prior to the twenty-fifth birthday.

The treaty between the United States and the foreign nation determines whether the individual may maintain the dual citizenship if he or she elects to retain the U.S. citizenship, or may lose his or her foreign citizenship and remain only a U.S. citizen.

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Islamabad -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan, while hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the alleged dual nationality of five senators-elect, on Saturday issued an interim order stating that the senators-elect be sworn in and allowed to vote in the Senate chairmanship polls to be held on March 12.
Lahore -- The Supreme Court has ordered Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to issue notification of success of newly elected Senators having dual nationality.
TheCJPsaid he will hear the case of dual nationality of the five newlyelected senators, whose notifications were withheld by the ECP.
ISLAMABAD -- The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued notifications to candidates, except those allegedly hold dual nationality, who were elected to Senate on March 3.
LAHORE -- The Supreme Court (SC) Thursday, adjourning dual nationality suo motu case till March 10, directed four senators-elect, including Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, Sadia Abbasi, Nuzhat Sadiq and Haroon Akhtar, to submit an affidavit that they had surrendered their foreign nationalities.
SC seeks affidavits from newly-elected senators on dual nationality issue
LAHORE -- The Supreme Court will hear on Saturday the matter of suspected dual nationality of four senators-elect so the eligible among them could vote in March 12 elections for the top senate slots.
LAHORE:The Supreme Court (SC) Thursday, adjourning dual nationality suo motu case till March 10, directed four senators-elect, including Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Sadia Abbasi, Nuzhat Sadiq and Haroon Akhtar, to submit an affidavit that they had surrendered their foreign nationalities.
ISLAMABAD -- A total of 213 government officers serving in various ministries, divisions, provincial departments and autonomous bodies hold dual nationality, with some of them assigned to key positions, a report compiled by the Establishment Division reveals.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday stated that a list of Senate candidates who had surrendered their dual nationality had been forwarded to returning officers(RO) which led to the completionof the initial scrutiny of the documents.
Manama: Bahrainis who have dual nationality will have to report their other citizenship before February 4, 2017.
The step is in line with the laws on dual nationality and all applications will be sent to the Minister of Interior office who will decide the suitability of each applicant," Shaikh Ahmed told the BNA on the sidelines of a Press conference.