Dual Citizenship Concerns
October 3, 2012 1:40 PM Subscribe
What did you wish you knew before you became a dual citizen? What would you tell prospective US/French dual citizens?
posted by benbenson to law & government (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an American engaged to a French woman; we'll be married soon! She's moving here for the near future (and we've already started the visa/green card process for her) and are starting to make longer-term plans, which include us living in France, though we're not ready to commit to either the US or France forever at this point. With all of that, it seems that it would be ideal for her to become a dual citizen and then, when we live in France, for me to become a dual citizen as well. This would allow us to move between countries freely without worrying about maintaining green cards/cartes de sejour
or re-filing for visas.
We're aware that our "home" governments would no longer offer us protection in our new countries, and I'm aware that the US expects me to report foreign income and accounts and pay tax on income earned worldwide (and that a lot of foreign banks are limiting service to US citizens because of reporting requirements).
What else should we know? We've read these related threads
, but we're also interested in hearing anything French-specific.