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    Re: Citizenship test

    Quote Originally Posted by mikephillips View Post
    They're way more restricted on how to answer as multiple choice than as essay for some. But no one on the government side wants to have long questions and long answers to go through to have someone try to explain the big picture. They want simple right or wrong easy to grade type tests.
    Mike - I think that describes a lot of public school and college tests too.

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    Re: Citizenship test

    All I know for sure is that I'm tipping off my wife! I've been bugging her now for a number of years to get her US citizenship (she's had a Green Card forever)... she's a "British Subject" (born in Leeds, England). Back in the day, say the 1970s, you had to renounce your foreign citizenship and she didn't want to do that. Now you can have dual citizenship.
    So, I think she takes the test this year.
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    Re: Citizenship test

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    All I know for sure is that I'm tipping off my wife! I've been bugging her now for a number of years to get her US citizenship (she's had a Green Card forever)... she's a "British Subject" (born in Leeds, England). Back in the day, say the 1970s, you had to renounce your foreign citizenship and she didn't want to do that. Now you can have dual citizenship.
    So, I think she takes the test this year.
    This is not legal advice as I'm retired from the practice of law, but the oath of allegiance required of naturalized citizens begins:

    I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;

    The U.S. will still give primacy to US citizenship for a naturalized citizen. For example, if a naturalized citizen were to be subject to a military draft in the US, they couldn't claim they were a citizen of another country to be relieved from duty.
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    Re: Citizenship test

    I think it still makes sense (or is compatible)... because dual citizenship has been allowed for over 20 years. However, it seems to me that the language may still work for a dual citizenship as it only clarifies where your first allegiance is to be focused. No?
    I know about 5 people with dual citizenship (one with 4 citizenships/passports), and the people (naturalization personnel) granting it definitely knew it was OK to do. Another UK friend asked about the oath when he last renewed his Green Card was told "don't worry about it" (having dual passports - particularly being from the UK).


    It's not critical because, as a "resident alien", she still gets her Social Security and Medicare (etc.). She cannot, however, vote.

    [EDIT: I should add that having a US citizenship appears to matter a lot when it comes to inheriting an IRA. I'm not certain, but I seem to recall that if a foreign national, not sure about a resident alien, inherits an IRA they have to pay all the taxes at once in a lump sum!]


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    Re: Citizenship test

    I am an engineer - and not a lawyer: my parents learned that it is better to die a US citizen than a foreigner. Foreigners are taxed a lot more.
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    Re: Citizenship test

    84.2%. Missed a couple - 1789 instead of 1787, 26 amendments not 27 and Publius??

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    Re: Citizenship test

    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    84.2%. Missed a couple - 1789 instead of 1787, 26 amendments not 27 and Publius??
    The Federalist Papers were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, collectively under the psudonym "Publius". Here's a screen shot from my Kindle version of the Federalist Papers.

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