Can a person change his nationality?


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It is possible for a person to change his nationality and become a citizen of another country. He can do this by renouncing his current citizenship and going through the naturalization process in another country.

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The majority of applicants must fulfill multiple requirements before being eligible for U.S. citizenship, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. These include holding a green card for five years, speaking and writing English, and being of good moral character, among other things.

It is also possible for a U.S. citizen to renounce his citizenship and change his nationality. To achieve this, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which is part of the U.S. Department of State, requires citizens to sign an oath of renunciation in front of a U.S. consular or diplomatic official, and it must be done outside of the United States. They also warn that unless the ex-citizen already possesses a foreign nationality, he may be rendered stateless.

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