Obtaining a second passport (and therefore a second citizenship) is something very few people do.
It’s so uncommon, in fact, that we assume most “dual citizens” either married into a nationality or were born with parents from two different countries.
And when other people hear of us trying to obtain this kind of status as adults, they instantly start telling us about all kinds of different hear-say rumors based on old laws or straight up lies.
- You have to renounce your citizenship here.
- You have to live in a small town for 20 years before you can apply for citizenship.
- You’re not allowed to own property here anymore.
- Your children will never be able to visit the country of their roots.
- You’ll bring shame to your mother.
- You can still be deported at any moment .
Logically, we know all of these things aren’t true.
But if we’re really honest with ourselves, a lot of times these myths and rumors sound scary enough to make us reconsider our plans.
But they really shouldn’t, I promise.
I’ve been working with people trying to immigrate to new countries for a second citizenship and a second passport since 1996 (20 years now!), and I’d like to take a minute to clear up some of these myths for you.
- To Have a New, Second Citizenship, You Have to Renounce Your Old One
True, we live in a world with a lot of either/or thinking.
You’re either a citizen of your birth country, or you’re not. You’re either a citizen here or you’re a citizen there.
You either like chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
You either like warm or cold weather.
We do this as humans to help our brains categorize ourselves and other people, but international law is quite different.
Sure, there are some countries that don’t allow dual citizenship, but they’re actually few and far between.
Most countries will allow you to hold citizenship there and somewhere else, so you can ignore the myth and the pressure of deciding whether or not you need to renounce your current citizenship… because you simply won’t have to.
- It Takes Years to Obtain a New Citizenship
No, obtaining a new citizenship and a new passport is never easy, but not every country is as difficult or as time-demanding as the United States (the country I emigrated to) for their citizenship process.
For example, in some Caribbean nations, your citizenship process begins as soon as you land, and as long as you follow through with the correct paperwork and immigration meetings, you can have your second passport within six months of landing.
Yes, some places require 10 years or more of residence, and if you have your heart set on one of those locations, that’s totally fine.
But if you’re eager for a second passport as soon as possible, there are quicker ways to get one.
- You Have to Leave Your Mother Behind, Never to See Her Again
This is a sad rumor, because so many of us hate to think of leaving behind the family members we love the most just so we can follow our “selfish” desire for a new citizenship.
And while you may have to leave your mother behind for a while, many countries have options that will allow you to either immigrate her along with you, immigrate her after you become a citizen, or will at least let you return home every once in awhile during the time you’re working towards citizenship to visit her if she decides she doesn’t want to come with you.
Truthfully, I think this is more of a myth started by jealous friends to make you feel too guilty to leave them behind too, because the idea of having to say goodbye to your family forever… unless you take things to an extra level and do renounce your citizenship (which again, is not required) is completely crazy.
Every Country’s Pros & Cons Are Different
These are the three most common myths I hear from people want to move abroad or get a second passport, but there’s even more myths that are country-specific or region-specific.
And since each country’s rules and regulations differ when it comes to immigrating as a high net worth individual, it’d be too much to discuss here.
What countries Can Provide a Second Passport?
We work with people immigrating to the following countries, and will be happy to go over all the pros and cons about emigrating to each one of them if you feel like a second passport might be right for you:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Canada (Quebec)
- Kitts & Nevis
- The United Kingdom
And based on your country of origin, financial situation, and how quickly you’d like to have a second passport in your hands, we can help you figure out which country and which government-backed investment programs would be the best options for you to choose from.
Click the button below, tell us a little bit about who you are, why you’re thinking about getting a second passport, and if you know which countries you’d consider obtaining a second citizenship from, and we’ll be back in touch with you by the end of the next business day: