Some California residents may want to know more about dual nationality. An individual may hold citizenship in two countries due to birth or marriage and be considered a dual national. In addition, a U.S. naturalized citizen may retain the citizenship of his or her former country. Automatic citizenship is granted when a child is born on foreign soil to parents who are U.S. citizens. Further, a U.S. citizen who marries a foreign national may automatically assume foreign citizenship in addition to retaining U.S citizenship.
There is a difference between acquiring foreign citizenship automatically and applying for foreign citizenship. There are certain parameters that apply for a U.S. citizen to lose citizenship. The individual must apply for citizenship to another country voluntarily without coercion and do it with the intent of renouncing his or her U.S. citizenship. The person's conduct or behavior may be used to establish intent.