The number of American nationals seeking a second nationality has quadrupled in the past two years, according to a new study
Americans are applying for EU citizenship in greater numbers than ever before, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing government statistics and independent citizenship consultants. According to citizenship firm Arton Capital, four times as many Americans are applying for a second citizenship in 2022 than in 2020 — a number that doesn’t include those applying for third- or fourth-country passports.
True to the country’s reputation as a melting pot, some 40% of Americans are eligible for EU citizenship, according to Global RCG, a consultancy that helps Americans obtain foreign citizenship and residency permits. Some countries have fewer barriers to entry than others. For example, prospective Italian citizens need only show that they have family ties to the country since 1861, while Ireland allows Americans from four distant generations to apply as one of their great-grandfathers. grandparents were born there.
Twice as many Americans – 3,284 – applied for Irish passports in the first six months of this year compared to 2021, according to government statistics, while citizenship advice firms reported similar bursts of interest among potential citizens of Italy and Germany. Italian citizenship”waiting listfor the New York Consulate alone includes 3,700 names.
The Italian-American Citizenship Assistance Program, a Florida-based consultancy, has seen interest double from a year ago, with applications kicking into high gear starting in late 2021.”Politics is the number one reason people give for looking outcompany director Giorgio Nusiner told Bloomberg.
Irish Citizenship Consultants founder Kelly Cordes agreed, telling the outlet: “Whenever there is a huge political decision that has the potential to dramatically change the daily lives of Americans, we see an increase in searches from both sides of the political spectrum..” She claimed investigations tripled following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade and allow states to set their own abortion policy, even though Irish abortion laws are stricter than most US states.
Like those Americans who promise to move to Canada if an election does not go as planned, those who inquire with citizenship consultants about a second passport are not necessarily acting on their impulses, preferring “have the possibility“, German immigration lawyer Julie Schafer told Bloomberg. She noted that she had also seen an increase in inquiries following the Roe reversal, although, like Ireland , its laws governing abortion are stricter than those of many U.S. states. limits of their US passports.
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