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If I Lost My US Citizenship, Can I Get It Reinstated?
Yes it's possible if you wanted to keep US status at the time you got a foreign country's citizenship. The State Department's guidelines for determining intent to keep US citizenship are applicable retroactively to past cases. To initiate such a case you should contact a US embassy or consulate or write to the State Department Office of American Citizens Services.
It will probably be possible to ask the State Department to reinstate your US status if you told the State Department that you intended to keep it when getting a foreign citizenship and they revoked your US status anyway and the other country didn't require you to sign or swear away your US citizenship. Another situation when you might get it reinstated is if you asked a US consulate if dual citizenship was possible and you were told it was not, but you still went ahead because you felt you needed to get that other citizenship.
What Situations Make It Difficult to Regain US Citizenship?
US Citizenship is actually pretty difficult to lose. Aside from declaring your allegiance or citizenship to a foreign country, the only other ways you can lose US citizenship is if you:
- Served in a “policy level position” in a foreign government
- Committed treason, such as by fighting in a war against the US voluntarily
- Formally renounce US citizenship at a US Embassy or to the US Attorney General
- Acted in a manner considered totally inconsistent with any possible intent to keep a US citizenship.
What If I Made a Renunciatory Declaration?
If you did give a renunciatory declaration in a foreign naturalization oath it might still be ok. The State Department is nowadays pretty relaxed about such declarations and it might be ok if you took it because you needed a foreign citizenship and taking the renunciatory oath was the only way to do that and you had rather not made that declaration.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If your situation isn't straightforward you may wish to consult a lawyer before initiating a case to get your citizenship back. There have been situations when cases have been put forth unsuccessfully. It may also be vise to consult a lawyer if you have previously appealed a loss of citizenship to the State Department and lost the case there. You should also check with the other country you're a citizen of, since it might have its own policies. An immigration lawyer can help you with this.
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Last Modified: 03-27-2014 10:55 AM PDT
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