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I have my semi permanent visa and am in a defacto relationship. I come from the UK. What I would like to ask is .. What are the advantages and disavantages of having a dual passport when I eventually receive my permanent visa?

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You'll be a citizen of both countries. Having all the rights of a citizen.

Disadvantage? Not all countries allow this.

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Practically speaking, the big advantage of having a second nationality is that you can vote in the country in which you are residing. There are a few countries that withhold certain other benefits from non-citizens, but this isn't really all that common.

Major disadvantage, as Nick stated, is if your home country has a problem with dual nationality. There can also be some problem with conflicting obligations - like military service that you have to fulfill in both countries - but this, too, is increasingly rare. The one to consider is any obligation regarding taxation - so that if you leave your adopted country you would still have to declare and/or pay taxes there. Used to be just the US that did this, but a few more countries seem to have picked up on the idea.
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If you have duel nationality (2 passports) and you enter a country one one of them you must leave the country on that passport plus the passport that you entered the country on is the "nationality" you are claiming to be for entry so any problems means you must use that countries embassy.
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Thanks so much for your very helpful replies..One other thing .. if I leave my defacto.( I know I cannot stay in Australia) but what rights if any do i have regarding property as it belongs to his mum and he rents it from her?

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If you have duel nationality (2 passports) and you enter a country one one of them you must leave the country on that passport plus the passport that you entered the country on is the "nationality" you are claiming to be for entry so any problems means you must use that countries embassy.
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I don't find the latter part of that especially surprising, although if my French/English son was in difficulty in a third country, I would expect some action/support from both embassies as he is no less a national of the UK simply because he entered using his French passport.

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The third country doesn't have to allow the other country access.

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Thanks so much for your very helpful replies..One other thing .. if I leave my defacto.( I know I cannot stay in Australia) but what rights if any do i have regarding property as it belongs to his mum and he rents it from her?
Unless you're on the lease, you may find your rights are pretty non-existent, other than for your personal property you can prove your ownership of.
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The third country doesn't have to allow the other country access.
It may depend a bit on the third country we're talking about - and the countries of nationality.

I know that it's a serious offense to enter the US on any passport other than a US one if you have US nationality. Leaving the US is a different story - where there is any sort of passport control on departure, it's mainly to retrieve the little stub for those on the VWP. If you show them a US passport, it simply makes life simpler because there is no stub to worry about.

I also wouldn't hesitate to contact either consulate if I ran into problems while traveling - unless, of course, I was someplace the Americans didn't want me to go (like Cuba, f'rinstance). (Can't think of anyplace the French don't want you to go these days...)
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On the other hand it is a major advantage to have two passports under some circumstances. My Thai/English daughter can enter/leave Thailand using her Thai passport, and enter/leave the EU using her UK passport, with zero visa formalities. For a Brit to go to Thailand for more than a month, or for a Thai to enter Europe at all, is a major headache in terms of visa procedures.

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