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Questions tagged [citizenship]

the state of being a member of a particular country and having rights because of it.

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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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US Citizenship Revocation/Denaturalization - How does this compare with other countries?

Recently I read about president Trump forming a task force to find and remove the citizenship of anyone who lied to obtain citizenship in the united states: Article Here I'm wondering if the process ...
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Should private citizens be legally allowed to sell their citizenship to a prospective buyer? [closed]

Some states give dividend to citizenships; there are movements for that. Some, like Vanuatu, allow people to buy citizenship; there are movements for that too. For background, there are a number of ...
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What civic rights do green-card holders have?

I know that Permanent Residents of the US are "generally not allowed to vote" or hold public office but I haven't been able to find more detailed information about their civic rights on the USCIS ...
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How easy is it for a citizen of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to get a Republic of Cyprus (and therefore EU) passport?

How easy is it for a citizen of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus who is resident on the territory it administers to get a Republic of Cyprus (EU) passport? Is it unlawful under TRNC law for ...
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Why does the US require non-resident citizens to file taxes even for non-US income?

The US requires US citizens to file a return for federal and state income taxes. Interestingly, per the 2017 IRS guide, page 5, it does not matter whether the US citizen resides in the US, or whether ...
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Why would foreign nations sign on to FATCA?

According to the IRS, nearly every country, and hundreds of thousands of financial institutions, have signed on to FATCA. FATCA, in a nutshell, forces governments to give up financial data on people ...
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If a country is annexed, what happens to the citizenship of expats?

If a country were to be annexed by another (for example, Latvia by Russia), what happens to the citizenship of Latvians abroad? For example, do they keep their EU freedom of movement rights?
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Why would a country grant citizenship to a robot?

Recently Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a very advanced robot: A humanoid robot took the stage at the Future Investment Initiative yesterday and had an amusing exchange with the host to the ...
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Can catalans lose EU/Spanish citizenship if Catalonia is independence? [closed]

I was reading the answers of What's will be like a viable and legal roadmap to Catalonian independence? and one of them says: -If the vote to leave is over 50%, then the process for creating a ...
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Are there any heads of state who are dual citizens?

In this question it was established that the US President can be a dual citizen as nothing in the Constitution forbids it. This makes me wonder if there are currently any heads of state who are also ...
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Does the Monegasque Minister of State receive Monegasque citizenship, jus officii?

Monaco's Minister of State is usually a French civil servant, who often lacks prior ties to the principality. Is the Minister of State awarded citizenship in Monaco by virtue of office? Or does he or ...
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If United States annexed part of another country, would someone born in that place be eligible to run for president?

For example, if President Trump invaded and claimed Sudbury, Ontario over a dairy dispute, could Alex Trebek run for President in the next election?
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Does any country allow a foreign national without blood ties to the country to be a diplomat?

Currently, is there some country which has diplomats born abroad and without any ancestry in its people? I heard it is possible in United States, but is there any other country in world where it is ...
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Why do some nations not allow renunciation of citizenship?

Some countries make naturalization conditional upon the renunciation of other citizenship, due to a prohibition of multiple citizenship. This poses a problem when someone is a national of a country ...
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Is Citizenship Limited to Members of States?

Political science (and political theory) typically focus on states. 'Citizenship' is typically defined to mean membership in the state. For me, that means being a citizen of the United States. Are ...
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Does one have to be a US citizen to vote (or run) in municipal elections?

Does one have to be a US citizen to vote (or run) in municipal elections? For example, can a permanent resident vote for mayor? Or run for city council?
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What are the US rules around a former citizenship in country X, when becoming US Citizen?

If a foreign national holding citizenship of another country applies for and becomes a US Citizen, what are the rules surrounding citizenship of country X? Can still holding that citizenship prevent ...
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How does having Dual-Citizenship work; are there exceptions allowing more?

Given all the recent talk of how President Trumps travel ban will affect Dual-Citizenship holders, a few questions were raised. Now I know how Dual-Citizenship works, on obtaining it and how each ...
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Can I vote for two country elections with dual citzenship?

I have dual citizenship (German & American). I have grown up in both countries but currently live in the U.S. Recently, I have voted in the U.S. elections. However, I have never voted in the ...
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Why countries selling passports is bad?

I recently read The Sink which you can find here. It explained countries "sell" passports (maybe also citizenship) to people with enough money. I believe it is still possible today, with Dominica ...
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Granting citizenship for belonging to religion

Which countries will grant you citizenship automatically if you convert to a certain religion?
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Would a native of a future state be a natural born citizen?

Let's imagine a 51st state is accepted into the United States (not necessarily Puerto Rico). Would someone who was born in that state, before it joins the US, be considered a natural-born citizen? ...
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Is there a process to prevent a non-natural-born vice-president from serving?

If Donald Trump were to announce Arnold Schwarzenegger as his running mate, what would happen? Is there some sort of process that would rule Schwarzenegger ineligible to become Vice President due to ...
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What is the 1868 definition of naturalized?

According to the US constitution, 14th amendment All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State ...
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How does a person become stateless?

Despite international conventions with provisions against statelessness, how does a person lose their only citizenship, or be born without citizenship, today in this day? Is it possible? What are the ...
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Must a US presidential candidate renounce any other citizenship?

Leaving aside the "natural born citizen" aspect of running for US president, Senator Ted Cruz acted to renounce his Canadian citizenship as part of his preparation for a presidential run. (He claimed ...
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How many cities around the world has been successfully applied the ISO 37120 standard?

How many cities around the world has been successfully applied, True social changes, political changes, economic changes and changes in education, Improving Quality of Life and Social Welfare under ...
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What political influences contributed to the Supreme Court's decision to overrule precedent in Afroyim v Rusk?

In Afroyim v Rusk the court ruled that US citizens may not be deprived of their citizenship involuntarily. A previous precedent (Perez v. Brownell) had made the possibility of possessing dual ...
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Ted Cruz's “natural-born” citizenship qualification for the Presidential run

There's a commotion about Ted Cruz getting sued (1) per Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution (2) on the basis of that being exactly what disqualifies his eligibility to run for President of the ...
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What are the rights of refugees who come to the US?

There are many (unfounded?) concerns about Syrian refugees who come to the US. I'm not sure what other rights apply to refugees: employment anti-discrimination laws social security due process, ...
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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

Is renouncing his Canadian citizenship the only step he needed to take in order to be a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency?
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Can one leave the Gaza strip permanently?

I don't really know where to put this question and as it is somewhat a political decision I will ask it here. Based on this Wikipedia Article it seems like one can't really leave the Gaza strip. But ...
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If a baby was born on the Palmyra Atoll, does the baby have U.S. citizenship?

For reference, the Palmyra Atoll island is an unorganized incorporated territory by the United States. It is subject to the U.S. Constitution and is permanently under American sovereignty. If a ...
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Is the monarch of the Commonwealth Realms a citizen of any or all of them?

Is queen Elizabeth II a citizen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, etc? If not, what about the rest of the royal family?
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Are persons born in a U.S. embassy a U.S. citizen, if their parents are not citizens?

The Fourteenth Amendment provides that children born in the United States become American citizens regardless of the citizenship of their parents. Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the ...
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Do new Italian citizens get to vote for the Senate?

In Italy when you come of age you can't immediately vote for the Senate: you have to wait till you are 25 for that (you can normally vote for pretty much everything else). If you acquire your ...