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Why would I want to have dual citizenship?

Dual citizenship comes with a lot of advantages for the people who are lucky enough to have it. Let's say that you were born in Italy, and you're an Italian citizen, and you want to become a U.S. citizen as well. Aside from being able to live and work and enjoy all the benefits of being an American, you'll get to retain the benefits of being an Italian.

Let's look at the other advantages you'll enjoy with dual citizenship:

Get double the benefits: You'll get to receive all the benefits of being Italian and American at the same time. You'll gain access to Italian and American social service systems, you'll be able to vote in the United States and Italy and you can run for political office in both of your homes -- in many cases.

Use two passports: There are distinct advantages of holding two passports. Let's say that you want to visit Bolivia. As an American citizen, you'll need to pay an entrance fee to receive your tourist visa. However, with your Italian passport, you're permitted to enter for free. Having two passports also allows you to enter and exit Europe and the United States with less hassle.

Ease of owning property: Having dual citizenship means that you can live and own property in both countries without going through any kind of legal red tape.

If you're ready to take the plunge and seek dual citizenship, it's important to learn about the process of gaining dual citizenship as well as the advantages and potential setbacks that come along with it.

Source: Investopedia, "Advantages & Disadvantages of Dual Citizenship," accessed Feb. 16, 2018

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