Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. Does my country allow dual citizenship?

    Whilst today most countries have adopted rules allowing for dual citizenship, there are still many countries which do not allow dual citizenship, or impose certain restrictions.

    You can consult the Dual Citizenship Report or the country profiles to identify if your country allows dual citizenship. Prior to starting the process of obtaining dual citizenship it is prudent to seek personal legal advice on the laws governing the status of Dual Citizenship.

  • 2. How long will it take for me to attain dual citizenship?

    The timeframe and the process for attaining dual citizenship is different for each programme and mainly depends on the situation and the country granting the citizenship. To ensure that your application will be successful you should seek legal advice from a specialised immigration lawyer that can guide you through the process.

  • 3. Which countries allow, restrict or do not allow dual citizenship?

    Most countries today allow citizens to hold dual or multiple citizenship. However, there are still countries which pose restrictions or do not allow dual citizenship. For more information on the legal status of dual citizenship in your country, please refer to the Dual Citizenship Report or the country profiles.

  • 4. How can I acquire dual citizenship?

    Each country determines the laws through which citizenship can be acquired or granted, based on various criteria. The most common ways to attain dual citizenship are through:

    • Birth in a country that grants citizenship by birth, to parents who are citizens of a country that grants citizenship by descent
    • Marriage
    • Adoption
    • Naturalization
    • Citizenship by Investment Programmes

    People holding dual citizenship can exercise the rights conferred to them at law in the countries in which they hold citizenship. Additionally, persons attaining dual citizenship would in general be required to show a genuine link with the country issuing the citizenship.

  • 5. What are the benefits of dual citizenship?

    There are many benefits associated with dual citizenship. These benefits range from global mobility to a better quality of life and security. The below summarises some of the most notable benefits of dual citizenship:

    • Improved freedom to travel without VISA restrictions
    • Better investment opportunities
    • Improved education and work opportunities
    • Access to better healthcare for elderly or sick dependents
    • Better wealth management in countries which offer advantageous tax planning options
    • A gateway to security in another country away from political and social unrest

  • 6. What is dual citizenship?

    Dual citizenship arises when a person is legally recognised as a citizen of two or more countries simultaneously. Every country is sovereign in passing the laws regulating citizenship and the circumstances under which a person is granted, renounces or loses citizenship.

  • 7. What are Citizenship by Investment Programmes?

    Nowadays, many countries are offering citizenship by investment programmes to attract high net worth individuals, investors and their families. High net worth individuals are seeking to improve their international mobility in order to expand their businesses beyond national boundaries. They also opt for these programmes for tax planning purposes and to ensure family security.

    Citizenship by investment programmes offer these investors a second citizenship by investing in the economy of the country granting the citizenship.

    For more information, on Citizenship by Investment programmes kindly check the Citizenship Programmes page or Contact Us.

  • 8. Which countries offer Citizenship by Investment Programmes?

    The below is a list of the countries offering citizenship by investment programmes:

      For more information on Citizenship by Investment programmes kindly check the Citizenship Programmes page or Contact Us.

  • 9. Who can I contact for more details on dual citizenship?

    Seeking legal advice on the laws governing the status of dual citizenship in your country is ideal and highly recommended prior to starting the process of seeking a second citizenship. We will be glad to assist you further with any queries you may have.


    Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to present up to date and correct information, the above does not constitute legal advice.