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by john_nyc_71
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Canada shows the way (or seem to show the way .. )
Replies: 16
Views: 7851

Re: Canada shows the way (or seem to show the way .. )

Canada urged to cut consular services for dual citizens http://tinyurl.com/pa7bkfs Snippet .. Ottawa (AFP) - The government has been urged to limit consular services for dual citizens who travel on a foreign passport or who live outside of Canada for prolonged periods, a report said Tuesday. The pr...
by john_nyc_71
Wed, 01 Feb 2012 6:35 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Dual Citizenship
Replies: 79
Views: 93202

The international law you are referring to what is commonly known as the "master nationality rule" which states that if you are citizen of a country and physically located in that country, then that country has the strongest claim on you. This usually means that if you are arrested etc, another coun...
by john_nyc_71
Wed, 01 Feb 2012 4:05 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Dual Citizenship
Replies: 79
Views: 93202

I don't think it has to do with international law. Most countries (including Singapore, USA, Australia) have national laws that require their own citizens to enter using that country's passport. The UK, as far as I know, does not. I don't know what the implications are if you do not renew your SG pa...
by john_nyc_71
Sat, 08 May 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Keeping both Australian and Singaporean (dual) citizenship
Replies: 64
Views: 102901

If the Singapore government is aware that you have Australian citizenship (and I assume they do), then you have to renounce one, unless the law or the current practice is changed. As far as I know, there is no law that says you cannot have dual nationality or hold two passports. All the law says is...
by john_nyc_71
Fri, 09 Apr 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

I am actually talking about the technical distinction between law and policy here, and my understanding is that dual citizenship is not against the law ("illegal") but it is against the policy of the SG govt. I apologize if this has caused any confusion - whenever I have said that dual citizenship w...
by john_nyc_71
Sun, 04 Apr 2010 6:45 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

Exactly my thoughts. The laws as written gives the govt discretion to take away citizenship from some an yet close their eyes to others. It's a pretty stark contrast to the UK and the US, where the guidelines from work permits, PR and citizenship are a lot more clearly spelt out. But it is perfectly...
by john_nyc_71
Sat, 03 Apr 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

I agree that the final effect (dual citizenship not allowed) is the same, but the way the law is written (to the best of my understanding) means no offence is committed if you have acquired another citizenship/passport (and you have not lied on any SG passport renewal application). This would for ex...
by john_nyc_71
Sat, 03 Apr 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

"Incorrect. Having dual passport after the age 21 is an offense under the immigration law" I am really curious about this - I have been unable to locate any law in SG that actually says dual citizenship or dual passports is illegal. The only law I could find was one that says that the SG govt may ch...
by john_nyc_71
Wed, 31 Mar 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

You get asked fewer questions, but you are still asked if you have acquired another citizenship.
And it's now 5 years instead of 10 (no matter where you renew).
by john_nyc_71
Thu, 11 Mar 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

Here is the way I see it. If you renew your passport in the US and declare truthfully that you have acquired the citizenship of another country: (1) There is a small chance based on rumours that your passport may be renewed anyway. (2) Mostly like your passport will not be renewed. In that event one...
by john_nyc_71
Sat, 06 Mar 2010 10:33 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

That was the case I was thinking of in scenario (2). As you can tell, this scenario, as well as the others I listed, are all reported on various boards in the third person ("my friend ..."). They are also not consistent with one another. So I don't know about the accuracy of any of the reports, favo...
by john_nyc_71
Fri, 05 Mar 2010 8:50 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Dual Citizenship working in US
Replies: 34
Views: 28538

Re: Dual Citizenship working in US

I'm a Singaporean by birth living and working in the US for about 20 years. I'm married with 2 beautiful kids. I'm 47 years old and I'm done with Singapore National Services 7 years ago. Three years ago, when it was time to renew my green card, I decided to apply, and was granted US citizenship. Si...
by john_nyc_71
Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:11 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Keeping both Australian and Singaporean (dual) citizenship
Replies: 64
Views: 102901

To be clear, I wasn't implying that you are likely to succeed in your quest to keep both citizenships. I was just pointing out that a strict reading of the constitution leaves the enforcement up to the government, but I do not know of any exceptions given to your situation (where the person holding ...
by john_nyc_71
Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Keeping both Australian and Singaporean (dual) citizenship
Replies: 64
Views: 102901

I guess in theory (and I emphasize this "in theory") part, the SG government can choose to let you keep your citizenship (since Singapore's constitution leaves it up to the government to decide whether to take away your SG citizenship or not). But I personally do not know of anyone who has been gran...
by john_nyc_71
Fri, 08 Jan 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Keeping both Australian and Singaporean (dual) citizenship
Replies: 64
Views: 102901

If the Singapore government is aware that you have Australian citizenship (and I assume they do), then you have to renounce one, unless the law or the current practice is changed. As far as I know, there is no law that says you cannot have dual nationality or hold two passports. All the law says is ...

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