Millions of US citizens hold dual citizenship and have more than one passport. It seems that the US Department of State does not have accurate records of just how many US citizens hold dual citizens. This is because dual citizenship is not recognized in US. However, US residents holding US passports are not forced to choose. Some countries do not allow citizens to hold dual citizenship with the United States. For example, Japanese passport holders and Indian passport holders are not allowed by their respective countries to hold US passports. Holding passports and citizenship from two different countries can cause confusion when paying taxes. In addition, holding 2 passports can also be confusing when it comes to military service. Same-sex marriages is the latest development that is creating confusion when it comes to having dual citizenship and holding 2 passports.
It is estimated that the largest contingents of US citizens who hold US passports and foreign passports are also citizens of Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. However, these are not the only countries where people have dual citizenship. Dual citizenship is dependent on the relationship that the US has with the particular country in question. For example, Afghanistan, Botswana, Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand and Venezuela are among the countries that require their citizens to renounce their citizenship upon getting a US passport. This process is known as forced expatriation.
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