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3 FAQs relating to dual citizenship

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1. Is it possible to hold citizenship of two or more countries?

If the law of the countries allow, it is possible to hold citizenship of two or more countries. This is called ‘dual’ or ‘multiple’ citizenship. Before 4 April 2002, if you became a citizen of another country you were no longer an Australian citizen.

2. Do I need to do anything extra or is dual citizenship automatically granted?

You can become a dual citizen automatically, or after being granted citizenship of another country. For example you may be granted citizenship of another country automatically as a result of marriage. If you a permanent resident in Australia, you may become dual citizenship once you become an Australian citizen.

3. How do I check whether or not the country allows for dual citizenship?

You should contact the consulate or embassy of that country in Australia.

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