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Old 23rd June 2010, 07:41 PM
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I was born in Canada but moved here at a year old. Both of my parents are US citizens. And I didn't get my US passport until about 3 years ago. I'm just wondering because although I am currently living in Texas, and have for 8 years, I still don't feel settled in at all. The best way to describe the feeling is plain alienated. I just don't belong here. I have been to Canada a few times and every time I was astonished at how friendly and welcoming they are. It makes me proud to be Canadian, and I sorta plan on moving there for College, or maybe another common wealth country. I want to be an environmental major with art as a minor. I also have a passion for culture, foreign language, and animals. I would like to go to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or Europe. Also, would I have to pay out of country tuition or should I be okay? I plan on getting a Canadian passport one day. One of my friends is 1/2 American, 1/2 Italian and she says she will have to choose which citizenship to become loyal to (either italy or US) when she turns 18. She has to pick US citizenship because they are a lot more picky. I'm worried if that will happen to me. Cause quite frankly I don't really like living in the States (or this part at least ) and I would like to keep my dual citizenship. I love Canada and its people and I can say the Anthem like I say the US anthem.

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I think you are a US citizen unless canada has the same rules as us -when you are born there you are automatically a citizen

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I plan on getting a Canadian passport one day. One of my friends is 1/2 American, 1/2 Italian and she says she will have to choose which citizenship to become loyal to (either italy or US) when she turns 18. She has to pick US citizenship because they are a lot more picky. I'm worried if that will happen to me. Cause quite frankly I don't really like living in the States (or this part at least ) and I would like to keep my dual citizenship. I love Canada and its people and I can say the Anthem like I say the US anthem.
You should probably inquire now at the Canadian consulate about getting a Canadian passport. If you are indeed a dual national (and you probably are), the sooner you get your passport the better. Most countries these days have eliminated that requirement about choosing between the two nationalities at age 18.

I'm surprised to hear that Italy still has that requirement - though I'd advise your friend to check with the Italian consulate to see if that is still in effect. In some cases, your "other" country may want you to register with the consulate in order to stay eligible for things like national i.d. cards or passports, so the sooner you register with them, the easier it will be to get the passport when you need it.
Cheers,
Bev

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You're a dual citizen. You can retain both as you wish. Time to hit up the Canadian consulate!

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