So, you love the country you live in, but want to get a second passport because your heart is also in another country. Perhaps you have family in overseas, operate a business in another country, or really just want a second option to go north when or if things in your current place of residency go south.
There are even those who want to obtain a second passport in an effort to reclaim their ancestral roots, which has been a controversial issue that has both been touted as treason and affirmed as an inalienable right privilege that should be celebrated.
Whatever your reason for wanting to obtain a second passport, the fact of the matter is, it is legal — in most countries.
First, what does it mean to have a second passport?
When people obtain a second passport, it’s not quite like having a wallet full of James Bond-esque passports for every time you enter a new country. That is set aside for the movies, very secret operations (we’re assuming), and for those who break the law — because you really can’t do that. What it really means is gaining dual citizenship. This allows you to retain your citizenship in your current country while also gaining citizenship in another country. Even without the James Bond aspect, it’s still pretty awesome.
What countries allow dual citizenship?
Most countries allow you to obtain dual citizenship like Australia, Armenia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and Italy among several others. Sure, some countries have a more lengthy process and stricter rules than others, but as long as you’re willing to put in the time, you should be able to make it work (we’ll discuss this in a second).
There are however, some countries that don’t allow dual citizenship such as Austria, Ukraine, Singapore and Germany. If you want to obtain citizenship here, you will need to renounce your current citizenship, which would be very counterproductive to your efforts.
Back to the topic at hand: What is the easiest way to get a second passport?
There are several ways to get a second passport/dual citizenship including, spending an extended period time in a country with a temporary visa, invest in your country of choice, through marriage, adopting a child or even changing your religion (If you want to join the Jewish faith and move to Israel).
And while these are all viable options, there is no simpler way to sail through the process than by utilizing your own ancestry.
That’s right! And we can’t think of a cooler way or reason to claim dual citizenship. Maybe your parents or grandparents immigrated here from Wales, and you would love to live there and learn more about your roots. If so, you can very easily apply for and obtain dual citizenship, and in many cases for free. There are also some instances where, even if you have great-grandparents who lived in your country of choice, you will be able to go through the same process to obtain a second passport.
Keep in mind, however, that you will need to have your birth certificate, marriage and/or divorce certificate (if applicable) and passport, as well as the birth certificates of any children you have. You’ll also be required to provide copies of birth certificates (and death certificates) for those on both your maternal and paternal lines, going all the way back to the ancestor you are wanting to trace your country ties to. You’ll also need any naturalization certificates those ancestors acquired that declare their nationality.
And with many ways online to trace your ancestry through sites such as ancestry.com, you can easily find family members, where they lived and even obtain legal verification. And when you do, you are one giant step closer to finding another home in a country that you can extend your roots into for many, many years and generations to come.