In a previous post on this blog, we discussed the differences between being a lawful permanent resident and being a U.S. citizen. In that blog, which can be read in full here, we noted that there are number of benefits and rights citizens are afforded that others are not.
However, it should be noted that the decision to naturalize may not always be an easy one. This can be especially true if you are in a position where you still have ties and a connection to another country. This is just one of the struggles that actress Emily Blunt says she faced when she was deciding to become a U.S. citizen.
Blunt, who is from the U.K., is married to actor John Krasinski and the couple has a child together, both of whom are U.S. citizens. In an interview, Blunt says her decision to apply for citizenship in this country was based on tax reasons and the fact that her husband and child are both citizens; she felt it is "a more protected position for [her]" in terms of her family.
But according to statements by Blunt, it was emotionally challenging. She says that she struggled with becoming a citizen of a country that wasn't hers and she did not want to renounce the U.K. But ultimately, she says she felt better embracing citizenship as part of her family and her future.
As part of the naturalization process, naturalizing citizens declare that they will renounce allegiance to foreign states in an oath. But the fact is that in some cases, you can still be a dual citizen of the U.S. and another country. However, whether this is possible or not depends on the laws in the other country.
If you are considering naturalization, you should understand the challenges that may lie ahead. They can be more emotional than you expect and there are certainly legal complications and obstacles that come up. However, if you have the support and guidance of an attorney, you may find you are in a better position make decisions that help you cope with the adjustments and plan for the future.
Source: The Guardian, "Emily Blunt: I became US citizen 'mostly for tax reasons'," Andrew Pulver, Oct. 5, 2015