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Top Countries to get a Dual Citizenship

Britain is a country which allows what’s called dual citizenship. This is where, as well as being a citizen of the UK, you’re also the citizen of another country. There are a number of reasons that this might be desirable. You might need to be able to easily travel between the two for lifestyle reasons – or you might have roots in both. As ever, having a competent immigration lawyer on your side will help you to understand your options.

Being a dual national will provide you with convenience, and certain diplomatic advantages, should you run into trouble while on your travels. Let’s take a look at a few popular choices for dual nationality.

Ireland

Ireland is a popular choice for dual citizenship for several reasons. There’s the proximity of the Emerald Ilse, the historical ties between it and the UK, and the fact that the English language is widely spoken there. If you’re one of the roughly 412,000 people living in the UK who were born in Ireland, then you should have very little difficulty acquiring dual citizenship.

Italy

Much like Ireland, it’s possible to be declared a dual national of the UK and Italy, if you have the required ancestry. However, you’ll find that the rules are a little tighter. If it’s a male ancestor that’s providing you with a way in, you might find that you stand a better chance than if it were a female ancestor – especially if she was born before 1948.

Portugal

To become a national of Portugal, then you can invest money in the economy. This might mean an investment fund, real estate, or creating jobs by opening a company. If you’re getting a so-called ‘golden visa’ then you won’t need to reside int eh country for anywhere near as long – and you won’t need to be proficient in the language.

Spain

If you’ve got enough money in the bank, obtaining Spanish citizenship is pretty straightforward. You can open a bank account or purchase shares amounting to more than a million Euros, or you can take up residency in the country. Since Brexit, the situation is a little bit more complicated. However much you’re spending, you need to have spent at least five years as a resident of the country, during which you can’t be absent for longer than ten months.

Israel

Israel is a special case, in that it allows Jews a right to return to their home nation. This also counts if you’re converting to Judaism, so you don’t need to have been born into a Jewish family to qualify. Bear in mind that if you obtain an Israeli passport, then you might be required to serve in the military – and you’ll be denied entry into certain Muslim-majority countries, like Pakistan and Iran.

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