Passports: Can a person own more than one passport?
Immigration laws all over the world allow one person to own multiple passports. The practice of owning more than one passport is known as dual citizenship or even multi-citizenship. The benefits of owning more than one passport allow you to travel easier and give a passport holder the rights that citizens have of the country in which the passport was issued. Passport holders can easily work, study, own a home and host of other rights when you own a passport from a corresponding country.
How to Get a Passport
Each country has its own requirements regarding getting a passport. However, there is practically no limit to the number of passports that one person can have. Citizenship can be determined based upon place of birth, marriage, permanent place of residence and by being passed down from parents. Since a child gains the citizenship of his/her parents, therefore a passport can be obtained based on the country of birth of his/her parents, and/or the country of his citizenship.
Passports at Birth
Believe it or not, but at birth a child may already hold five passports. This is about to get a bit complicated, but imagine that the father is, for example, from the UK, but is now a naturalized citizen of the U.S. Now imagine that the mother was born in Ireland but is now a citizen of Canada. Are you still with me? Now, imagine that child is born in New Zealand. This child is then eligible to own passports from these five countries.
Passports in Adult Life
Now, this same person has 5 passports. Now there are additional passports that can get obtained as an adult that are based on residence or marriage. However, it is important to keep in mind that not all countries allow dual citizenship, which means having more than one passport is not allowed. Other countries have restrictions such as allowing for a person to gain that country’s citizenship after living there for 3-5 years, or after being married to a citizen of that country and living in that country for at least three years.
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