Dual Citizenship & Travel?
March 5, 2007 9:12 AM Subscribe
DualCitizenshipFilter: Looking for anecdotes and advice about travelling between the US & Canada, as a citizen of both.
posted by Alterscape to Travel & Transportation (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am 22 and currently reside in the US. I was born in the US to a Canadian father and an American mother. Most of the family I consider myself close to is Canadian. Last year (when I was 21), I applied for and received formal recognition of my Canadian citizenship, making me a dual US/Canadian citizen. I have a US passport, and a Government of Canada photo ID card. I've travelled fairly extensively between the US and Canada by ground and air, but always with other family members, and not since my dual citizenship was recognized. I would like to visit some friends and family in Canada without my father, and I want to avoid making an arse of myself or inadvertantly getting myself in trouble at the border.
Both the US and Canadian customs websites recommend I present myself as an American to the Americans, and as a Canadian to the Canadians. I've never entered Canada as a non-resident citizen. Do I just tell them that I'm living abroad but I'm a citizen? Can I expect any particular questions/etc? When is the right time to explain my dual citizenship?
Looking back at my US passport, it looks like it isn't very consistantly stamped for entries and exits. All the same, if I enter Canada with my Canadian ID, and don't get my US passport stamped, how do I present myself to US agents when re-entering the US. (Or, by the same coin, if I get a Canadian passport, vice-versa). Veteran travellers, how do you handle this?
Also, any general advice at handling border crossings solo is appreciated. I've always done it with my father, who tends to do the talking, and I suspect agents treat "family travelling together" a bit differently than "20-something guy travelling alone in an old car."