Second Passport – Reasons to Get One

Second Passport – Some hints

People desire second passports for various reasons and acquire second passports by various means. Acquiring dual citizenship or a second nationality may be done through registration, naturalisation, ancestry, and birth. Note on Second passport: Second Passports – the acquisition of another (dual) citizenship which leads to the issuance of a second passport. This citizenship is granted through any of the legal ways to acquire dual citizenship, including economic citizenship programs. The phrase “Second passport” is therefore tantamount to dual citizenship and economic citizenship, since under dual citizenship programs it is the right of the citizens to “own” a passport.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in claiming one’s right to citizenship of a country, especially if there are several benefits that can be derived as a citizen. However, people should not acquire a second citizenship (2nd passports) simply to become a citizen of another country. They should have valid sound reasons for acquiring a new citizenship and know exactly why they wish to become a citizen of another country, as not every country accepts the dual citizenship of its nationals.

For this reason, it is always wise to obtain professional advice on immigration and nationality laws in regards to dual citizenship, and acquiring the citizenship of a particular country. For example, persons should ask themselves questions such as: Do I have to renounce my citizenship in order to acquire a new one? If I were to lose my citizenship to acquire a new one, is it worth it? What are the residency requirements involved if I were to become a naturalised citizen? Are there any dual citizenship risks given the countries with which I am going to be affiliated as a citizen?

Second passport – Why?

Thousands of people who live in poverty stricken Third World countries may not have the economical or technological means to seek legal advice or the relevant citizenship, immigration and dual citizenship information via the internet. As a result, citizenship decisions are often made based on word of mouth and advice given by friends or family members. Oftentimes, a first time visit to a country for a limited time of stay turns into (unconventional) permanent settlement there.

People often apply for second passports whenever their countries are politically unstable or have social policies that restrict democratic freedom and deny fundamental human rights such as freedom of movement and self – expression. Several countries throughout the world have been ruled by dictatorships, and although these regimes may have been replaced, new governments may tend to follow the same negative trends, especially when the wealth of the country remains in the hands of a few.

Political or social oppression does not only affect the poor, but also trained professionals and persons from wealthy backgrounds who often remain neutral toward or oppose harsh regimes and find themselves caught in political tugs of war.

Social and economical distress in a country is often the cause for repeat upheavals, manifestations and civil warfare. Everyday, people lose their homes and families, while schools, health facilities, financial and other private institutions are burnt, forcing people to start their lives all over by seeking new beginnings in foreign lands, while acquiring new identities and nationalities. As a result of this, many countries confer their citizenship to unclaimed stateless children and refugees of war who seek asylum. Additionally, women often try to escape the demands of certain religious traditions in their countries by acquiring a new identity and a second passport. In most of these cases, the need to be free from religious bondage overrides everything else.

Being a holder of a second passport also facilitates travel for someone who under normal circumstances would require a visa to be able to travel to various countries. For example, someone who was not born in the European Union, and eventually gets a French passport would gain access to visa free travel to the United States, within the European Union and Caribbean.

Bearing a second passport also leads to the further advantage of being able to work in a number of countries without having to satisfy severe work permit requirements in order to secure employment. Thus, an Australian or German who was issued acquired a second passport from the Commonwealth of Dominica will soon be able to freely live and work in any of the CARICOM member islands.

A 2nd passport with second (dual) citizenship facilitates securing bank loans and accounts, particularly because banks generally tend to readily offer such services to citizens rather than foreigners. This also allows for an increased degree of financial freedom as well as being able to benefit from lower taxes in the event that the country of second citizenship has internationally competitive tax rates and does not impose taxes on international income, capital gains, wealth and inheritance. This opens up possibilities for new business ventures and investments on an international scale, thus helping an individual to accumulate his wealth and preserve his assets.

A better chance of pursuing studies abroad is also a huge benefit that a second passport or dual nationality offers because it enables persons to qualify for certain monetary grants, scholarships and lower tuition fees. In many instances, it would also mean free education for citizens of the certain countries where free education is given.

This advantage is mirrored in regards to accessing medical care, especially since many countries throughout the world lack both sufficient trained professionals and infrastructural and financial resources that are needed in order to provide adequate medical services. Every year several thousands of dollars is spent by individuals seeking medical attention in foreign (more developed) countries in order to lengthen and better the quality of their lives. Someone with dual citizenship of a country that provides free medical care and special programs for health, children and the elderly are indeed very fortunate. Holding a second passport to a country that provides its citizens with such privileges and basic necessities is without a doubt a huge advantage.

Dual citizenship has been the answer to the problems of many. In a world which is constantly under the threat of terrorist attacks, global warming and war, having a second passport can be the means of saving one’s life, finding a new beginning.

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