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When You Want To Become A Citizen Of Another Country

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David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Many people who want to change citizenship or perhaps become a dual national, find that the journey to achieving this goal is a little harder than they planned for. Learning the culture, language, driving system, financial system, economy, transferring your skills, finding employment, getting a place to stay, etc, is a giant challenge. It’s not easy to suddenly pick up your life and move to another country where you are nothing more than a stranger for the time being. But for anyone who wants to become a citizen of another country, there are some tried and tested ways you can do so, without taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back.

Just read a history book

If you want to get to know a nation, how it is, why it is a certain way, then you just need to read a book. A history book that is. But don’t dive into the ancient or medieval history of the country, just yet. Just focus on the last 50-100 years of history. That much is digestible because you will be able to see the timeline of modern events that have shaped the country’s culture. You can see that in France, World War One changed its views on it’s standing in Europe, essentially realizing it was not the only major power in continental Europe anymore. World War Two, showed there were major issues in it’s leadership. Since the war, recognition in art, music, food and a voice at the table of the EU has really changed it’s outlook. So if you were asked questions on the citizenship test, about recent political, cultural history, you should at least have an understanding of them.

Become naturalized

Eventually, you will need to take the test of citizenship. If you want to become a naturalized citizen of a country like America, then you will need to complete certain things. But what is a naturalized citizen? It’s where an immigrant voluntarily becomes a US citizen. This can be done if you are the child of a military veteran, or perhaps your parents were citizens. This could be something like, parents who were immigrants, become naturalized citizens after you were born. Technically, as their child you could claim naturalized citizenship yourself, but there is a process to follow, such as completing the N-400 form. You may want to work with an attorney for this.

Learn the language

Unless you are moving to an English-speaking country then you may need to take a few years to learn the language before moving. English is widely spoken and it can be pretty easy to pass the English test for countries like Australia, New Zealand and America. However, if you are moving to Spain, France or Morocco, you need to make sure you know the language that is nationally spoken. 

When you want to become a citizen of another country, know that you are going to need to fulfil certain requirements. You need to speak the language, complete many forms and learn the history the best you can. 



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