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  • Husband's country "doesn't recognize" U.S. citizenship?

    My question is about how some countries who "don't recognize" dual citizenship react if their citizens gain U.S. citizenship.

    My husband is a Mongolian citizen. He has a U.S. green card and has been in the U.S. for over six years. He wants to get U.S. citizenship and retain Mongolian citizenship. Mongolian law is says that "involuntary loss of citizenship" is impossible, and also that dual citizenship is "not recognized." It doesn't say getting another citizenship is illegal, or will be punished, or will result in losing Mongolian citizenship. I know that a number of countries "do not recognize" dual citizenship, but people still use their passports from these countries after becoming U.S. citizens.

    The USCIS does not require him to actually go to the Mongolian consulate and have his Mongolian citizenship annulled. But let's say he gets US citizenship and keeps his Mongolian passport. When he flies to Mongolia from the U.S., he will have to exit using his U.S. passport. Then can he still show his Mongolian passport (with no U.S. exit stamp) to enter Mongolia, or will that cause problems? What happens if Mongolian officials find out that he has a U.S. passport and never renounced Mongolian citizenship? Do they just "not recognize" it and leave it at that, or are there consequences?

    Also, what happens when he needs to renew his Mongolian passport in the U.S.? Does that become out of the question?

    This is a hard question, so thank you in advance for any information, guesses, experiences that you can share–not just about Mongolia, but other countries with this kind of policy, too.

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    Not Recognized

    You husband has nothing to worry about, except that the principle of dual citizenship. Your husband will take an oath of allegiance to the United States but wants to retain his Mongolian citizenship. Very strange.

    But back to your question. Mongolia will require him to use a Mongolian passport when entering or leaving Mongolia. They don't care about entry or exit stamps, especially since the U.S. does not inspect departing passengers. There are no "exit" stamps for anyone, including U.S. citizens. In any event your husband can use his Mongolian passport when checking in to leave the U.S.

    Basically there is nothing to worry about. Other than that your husband's citizenship oath is not being upheld by his retaining his Mongolian passport.


    • #3
      Yes,I think the principle of dual citizenship will be consider in your current scenario.
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