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Do foreigners who became South Korean citizens recently have to perform military service?

The Republic of Korea (“South Korea”) requires male citizens to perform military service. U.S. citizens who also hold South Korean citizenship—those born in the United States to parents who are ...
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Why are Western nations generally averse to immigration without a path to citizenship?

The Gulf countries have been hosting millions of foreign workers for decades, however almost all of them were on restricted temporary visas which provided no viable path to citizenship and have thus ...
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Are there countries that allow foreigners to buy citizenship for a fixed fee?

Most countries are quite selective in accepting new citizens. Even in Svalbard, which is very liberal in letting people live and work there, cannot in general get Norwegian citizenship. Are there ...
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Who is the U.S. official with the highest position within the U.S. government who has dual citizenship in China and the United States?

Who is the U.S. official with the highest position within the U.S. government who has dual citizenship in China and the United States? I only know of Conrad Lee, but I don't think he has Chinese ...
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Who is the U.S. official with the highest position within the U.S. government who has dual citizenship?

Who is the U.S. official with the highest position within the U.S. government who has dual citizenship? I was thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I am not sure if he's the highest ranked, and I am ...
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Foreign Prime Minister / President

In the business it is very common to open leading positions to any candidate, even those who worked with competition before, in believe to getting the most skilled/competitive leader. Why is it not ...
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How do citizens of immigrant heavy countries perceive patriotism and nationalism? [closed]

There are countries in the world that are immigrant-heavy. E.g. USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, etc. Other countries are monolithic. E.g. Poland, Czechia, Bulgaria, etc. Suppose, Mr. X is ...
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Are there dual-citizenship holders within the Armed Forces of United States

Are there dual-citizenship holders within the Armed Forces of rank O-7 (General Officer) or higher? What percent, if any? Which nations, if any?
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If a US citizen were born on US military base abroad, would they be considered as born on US soil and thus eligible to be elected US president?

As we know, the US Constitution provides that only a US citizen born on US soil can be elected US president. How about a hypothetical scenario of a US citizen born on a US military base abroad?
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

It is virtually universally accepted that discrimination by a variety of characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc. is not acceptable. At the same time, ...
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Has the British Government acted illegally in revoking Shamima Begum's citizenship? [closed]

Under international law, it is illegal to revoke a citizen's citizenship leaving them stateless. The British government, after a journalist discovered Shamima Begum, a British citizen, in a refugee ...
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What rights do I have with regards to legal identity? [closed]

This is how I can imagine the bargain you make as a citizen with your government. If you want inclusion in the benefits of a state, you forfeit some of your personal freedom by agreeing to be limited ...
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Does Snowden's Russian citizenship change his status internationally?

Edward Snowden was granted Russian citizenship in September 2022. He is actively sought by the US authorities and I was wondering whether this new citizenship can help him should he be outside Russia. ...
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Why do North and South American countries offer citizenship based on unrestricted Jus Soli (right of soil)?

Source As can be seen in the picture, almost all countries in North and South America (excluding island countries) unconditionally offer citizenship to anyone born in their territory. At the same time,...
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Examples when a country engaged in military operation in another one passed a law essentially inviting the citizens of the latter to become its own?

According to al-Jazeera, today Putin signed a decree that: “all citizens of Ukraine” be given “the right to apply for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner”. ...
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Is European Union's citizenship appliable?

I didn't exactly know if I should publish this in Law SE or here, but since this can also lead to a politics discussion, I'll stay here. By the way this is not in any way my situation, just a doubt ...
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How did Toomas Hendrik Ilves get US citizenship and where/when/why did he give it up? (former president of Estonia and curious character)

The question Do foreign heads of state or government have to give up a US citizenship if they have it? reminded me of the curious character Toomas Hendrik Ilves, "...an Estonian politician who ...
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Why disallow multiple citizenship? [duplicate]

Why do some nations (e.g. India, as the HNQs just showed me) not allow their citizens to simultaneously hold citizenship with another nation? What might stand to be gained from such laws?
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Why aren't all US nationals also US citizens?

This article on Stilt explains some reasons why someone might be a US national without having US citizenship: That is because there are individuals that are born in the Commonwealth of the Northern ...
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What are the steps for revoking Malaysian citizenship?

I have a question regarding the revocation of Malaysian citizenship Is the final stage to revoke a person’s citizenship through preliminary investigation from a committee report?
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Why don't countries revoke an IS fighter's citizenship arguing they have become citizens of IS?

Recently the UK supreme court ruled against IS bride Shamina Begum's attempt to return to the UK to fight her citizenship being revoked. As I understand it, what happened here was that the UK wanted ...
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How come there are Latvian non-citizens (nepilsoņi) of EU ethnicities?

As of January 2020, there are some 220,000 Latvian non-citizens (nepilsoņi). What surprises me is that 3.5% of them are ethnic Poles (17.8% of the population group), another 2.4% are ethnic ...
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Why is the agreement of the native country needed when sending back their citizen?

Following a recent murder of a teacher in France, the French government decided to send about 230 people back to their country (they were under surveillance by the French authorities for links to ...
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During the breakup of the Soviet Union, on what basis was citizenship granted or withheld for each of the fifteen new republics?

The politics and economics of the Soviet Union caused large numbers of people to be transplanted from one region to another, for example: The Crimean Tatars were deported to Central Asia; Ethnic ...
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What are the upsides of having a birthright citizenship policy?

I've been reading a lot about the birth tourism issue in Canada lately, but this issue applies to any country with birthright citizenship. From a New York Times article describing the issue: Under ...
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Why is it that an American in Timbuktu can vote for president but an American in San Juan cannot?

I was surprised to learn that Puerto Ricans, despite living in a US territory, were not entitled to vote in the presidential elections. I was even more surprised to learn that US citizens are allowed ...
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Why would a grant of British citizenship to Hong Kongers be a treaty violation?

Given the recent political situation, there has been renewed interest in opening a path to citizenship for British Nationals (Overseas). The BN(O) status was conferred on some former BDTCs (...
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Will you have to prove US citizenship to receive the COVID-19 bailout money?

As we know that US government announced $2T Covid-19 stimulus package on March 24. It includes a payout of $1200 to all taxpayers. Who are the individuals who will get that benefit? Is it all US ...
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Are nations required to allow their own citizens entry under international law?

The motivation for this question is the recent US travel ban on foreigners entering the country from Schengen area countries, which is due to expand to include the UK and Ireland on Tuesday, and the ...
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Why would it be difficult to stop the practice of birthright citizenship in the United States? [duplicate]

I read on https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/22/trump-travel-ban-visa-social-security-medicare (mirror): The Trump administration has been restricting all forms of immigration, but the ...
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Are there any concrete measures taken by the European Commission to regulate the "golden passports"?

I have recently seen an older interview (end of 2017) with Ana Gomez arguing about the issues of the so called "golden citizenship" / "golden passports", the practice of giving visas and citizenship ...
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Why does Mainland China and Taiwan require Visas for each other's citizens?

Wouldn't that imply they recognize each other as different states? That is, if China considers Taiwan part of its territory, the Taiwanese are necessarily Chinese too. And equally the other way round. ...
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What was the reason behind Trump's change to citizenship status of foreign service members' children?

From Business Insider: The Trump administration has said children born to US service members or government employees overseas will no longer automatically be considered US citizens. First question: ...
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Why is "birth tourism" possible in so many countries?

I just learned about the idea of birth tourism, thanks to another question on this site. In almost all of North and South America one can gain citizenship through being born in the country. It is also ...
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Could a US citizen born through "birth tourism" become President?

A few years back, there was a lot of news coverage of the increase in "birth tourism". Basically, people would come to the US very late in their pregnancy to have children with US citizenship, and ...
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Why does Trump want a citizenship question on the census?

President Trump has recently stated that he may issue an executive order to place a question on the 2020 Census about US residents' citizenship status. This comes after the Supreme Court has already ...
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What is the rationale of not allowing dual citizenship?

Recently a friend of mine that lives in Spain told me that he and his wife must renounce their citizenship if they want to be granted Spanish citizenship. This is confirmed by this article and by ...
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Can a foreign citizen cast a vote in the UK Conservative Party leadership election 2019?

To donate more than £500 to the Conservative party, you must be on the UK electoral register, according to these rules. But there does not seem to be the same restriction on becoming a party member. ...
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Do foreign heads of state or government have to give up a US citizenship if they have it?

There is a chance of Boris Johnson becoming a Prime Minister of the UK. He was born in the US. His Wikipedia page states that he is both a UK and a US citizen. Would he have to renounce his US ...
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Why isn't English the official language of the US but it is necessary to know it to become a citizen?

I know that English is not the official language of the United States. However, according to this UCIS page on the naturalization test, To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the ...
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Can a US city charge money for people wanting to live there? [closed]

For example, A mayor may say, only residents can vote. And each resident must pay $20k to buy residency at market price. Can a mayor do that? In general, is it possible that a city is "privatized" ...
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Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office?

Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office?
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Can people use the Maori language instead of English for New Zealand citizenship?

New Zealand’s government say Māori (Te Reo) is another official language beside English. Can people use Māori instead of English for the citizenship language test? From the Wikipedia article on Māori:...
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Were the Framers of the United States Constitution citizens of the United States at its ratification? [closed]

The 2020 United States Census will ask respondents if they are citizens, a question that has inspired multiple law suits in an attempt to prevent the use of the question. Census Citizenship Question ...
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If Birthright Citizenship were to be revoked, would it be retroactive?

As an extension of this question, if Birthright Citizenship in the United States were to be revoked for the children of illegal residents, could it retroactively remove citizenship? Or could it only ...
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Is there any mechanism by which the President can revoke green cards obtained legally through employment?

In regards to current legal immigrants who obtained a green card through employment. As the status of green card holders is determined by the State Department and enforced by federal employees, does ...
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When are people born in the United States not "subject to its jurisdiction"?

The 14th amendment to the US constitution begins with this text: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States ...
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Required gathering of genetic material from citizens?

With services like 23 and Me, it is becoming technically possible to gather and sample genetic material from many people. There are also rumors about police using similar services to help identify ...
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Does the EU mandate certain requirements for citizenship of member states?

Does the EU mandate certain requirements for citizenship of member states? For example, criminal background checks, multiple nationalities. The origin of my question is that EU Citizenship, ...
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Is there any instance of AI / machine learning provided voting rights for political/administrative decisions?

This article argues that a company has allowed an algorithm to have a weight in the decision process (i.e. to vote): Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and ...
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