Dual nationality???

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21. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jemc

Thanks guys.
So just to clarify.
I can leave Australia on my Australian passport to NZ/STH America, and from there enter Europe on my Lithuanian passport. And arrive back in Australia on my Australian passport..?

It might be better to travel around Europe on your Australian passport. On an Australian passport you get visafree travel almost everywhere, while your Lithunian is almost worthless.

Lithunia is now part of the EU, but its citizens are not allowed free movement within the EU yet. Some of the usual rights (most importantly being able to work legally) don't apply for them in the "old" EU countries - Western Europe.

Compared to that you have for example the following privilege: You can come and stay your usual Schengen-visafree 90 days in any Schengen country besides Germany. Then you can come to Germany and stay there another 90 days on national free visa due to an agreement of the German government with the Aussie government.

Also it is indeed true that you need to use the same passport on which you entered a country. So you need to get into Europe and leave it on your Lithunian passport.

22. Posted by HeedTaken (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I have a few questions for anyone who might be able to direct me.

First off, I am a US citixen by birth. I have recently applied for and am anticipating successful aproval of Irish citizenship by way of my grandfather who was born in N. Ireland. My mother was born in Canada, has a canadian birth certificate, but left when she was very young...less than 1 full year spent in Canada...She was naturalized as a US citizen in 1975 at the age of 16 or 17.

Question 1

What are the chances of my eligibility for Canadian citizenship given the short residency in Canada of my Canadian born mother?

This whole process of research and document collection has turned into a very engaging exercize of system mastery for me. So, onto Question two, which is more research oriented:

Does the German law of return apply to those living in N. America? IE: Decendents of Volga Germans who emmigrated to the US in the 19th cent. I have heard Eastern Europeans using it to their advantage in recent years (1980s), but have never heard anything about it applying to those in N. America.


23. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

No, the German law doesn't apply to you. First, the law you mention is specifically designed to suit people of German nationality who were prevented from coming to Germany by the events during and following WWII. Second, note that it only applies to people of German nationality and their descendants.

The Volga Germans were never Russian citizens, they were always German citizens with residency rights in Russia. Instead of a Russian passport they held travel ducuments issued by Russia stating that they were Germans under Russian rule.

Your ancestors when they immigrated to the USA however were naturalized there. They became US citizens, lost their German citizenship and therefore their right to return.

You can of course try to prove that you are a descendant of a former German citizen. But that doesn't gain you anything as acquiring German citizenship requires that you give up all your non-EU citizenships.

24. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting HeedTaken

Question 1

What are the chances of my eligibility for Canadian citizenship given the short residency in Canada of my Canadian born mother?

I'm not really answering your question, but if you are already a US citizen, why would you like to have the Canadian citizenship too? Are you planning to live in Canada?

I don't think that the fact that your mum being born in Canada will automaticly give you the nationality. (It might help though) You will need to become a "landed immigrant" first, live in Canada for a while, then be able to prove that you have been living in Canada for 3 years without leaving the country (meaning that if you go to Mexico for vacations, for example, you will have to substract that time from you count). When they give you the citizenship, there is first a little test to see your knowledge of history/economy/politics fo the country, then a little ceremony where you Take the Oath of Citizenship (lift you right hand, say "I like the Queen", and sing "Oh Canada!" No joke). Et voilĂ !


Ps: you might not have thought about it, but having many nationalities means also a lot of costs and time spent in Consulates... My 3 passports are not all updated...