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UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby Sardar1987 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:09 pm

I am a middle eastern who have been living in the UK for a while, at the same time my relatives applied for my Green Card. The Green Card was granted this year also because of my residency in the UK I am entitle to apply for British citizenship. Now my question is: If I apply for the British citizenship, does it affect my Green Card in anyway?

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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby Casa » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:14 pm

Your US Green Card provides you with no advantage for acquiring British Citizenship.

How long have you been living in the UK and under what right to residence :?:
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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby Sardar1987 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:20 pm

Thank you for your reply.

I have both US Green card and British permanent residency. Now I want to apply for British citizenship. I am not looking for an advantage, because I already have all the requirements. My worry is how becoming a British citizen could negatively affect my US Green card.
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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby Casa » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:32 pm

Sardar1987 wrote:Thank you for your reply.

I have both US Green card and British permanent residency. Now I want to apply for British citizenship. I am not looking for an advantage, because I already have all the requirements. My worry is how becoming a British citizen could negatively affect my US Green card.


Are you aware that a Green Card can be withdrawn if you remain outside of the US for more than 180 days in a 12 month period. Equally if you are outside of the UK for more than 90 days in the 12 months period (or 180 days during the 5 year qualifying period) prior to applying for BC the application will be refused.

You may find it difficult to comply with residence requirements in both the US and the UK.
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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby Sardar1987 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:40 pm

Casa wrote:
Are you aware that a Green Card can be withdrawn if you remain outside of the US for more than 180 days in a 12 month period. Equally if you are outside of the UK for more than 90 days in the 12 months period (or 180 days during the 5 year qualifying period) prior to applying for BC the application will be refused.

You may find it difficult to comply with residence requirements in both the US and the UK.


Thanks. Yes, I am aware of those facts. Fortunately I was able to comply with these requirements and now I am eligible to apply for British citizenship. My only question is, is becoming a British citizen going to disqualify me in keeping my US Green card?
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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby gtht » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:43 pm

As the green card makes you liable for American tax reporting, I'm sure they won't be in a hurry to take it away. I can't believe how much I've had to spend over the years just to comply with the mandated reporting of my American passport.
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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby Casa » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:49 pm

So you hold an American passport?

If so, you can have dual US/UK citizenship without a problem. You had only mentioned a Green Card. :?
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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby gtht » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:53 pm

Casa wrote:So you hold an American passport?



Sorry, that was just me. Didn't mean to confuse the situation for the original post.
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Re: UK citizenship for US Green card holders

Postby Sardar1987 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:56 pm

Casa wrote:So you hold an American passport?

If so, you can have dual US/UK citizenship without a problem. You had only mentioned a Green Card. :?


No I don't. I have an American Green card and I am going to apply for British citizenship.
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