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Tina Turner 'To become Swiss, give up US passport'

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes | about a year ago

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Turner, 73, who was born Anna Mae Bullock, lives in picturesque town of Kuesnacht, on the shores of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland, and has passed a local civics test and interview, according to an official announcement published in the Zuerichsee-Zeitung daily.

http://iphone.france24.com/en/20130125-tina-turner-become-swiss-give-us-passport

Turner, 73, who was born Anna Mae Bullock, lives in picturesque town of Kuesnacht, on the shores of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland, and has passed a local civics test and interview, according to an official announcement published in the Zuerichsee-Zeitung daily.

http://iphone.france24.com/en/20130125-tina-turner-become-swiss-give-us-passport

5 comments

I'm thinking about it, too. (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#42706381)

I'll be eligible for Swedish citizenship in a couple of years.

It should be pointed out that the US allows multiple citizenships, as does Sweden. China definitely does not (and this is causing my partner some distress). Switzerland I'm not sure about.

It is also a RPITA to renounce US citizenship (no, really--I've checked this out, and while it's possible, they make you jump through all manner of hoops to do it). I have to wonder why Anna Mae is going to all the trouble for that, unless Switzerland requires it. Or she's worried about taxes.

Re:I'm thinking about it, too. (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#42708481)

As my wife is a dual US/German citizen, the US does not officially recognize duals at all. It just turns a blind eye toward foreign governments that permit passport retention upon becoming a US citizen.

Re:I'm thinking about it, too. (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#42717609)

Actually, IIRC, US law says you must give up any foreign citizenship when you become a naturalised US citizen. However, there is no such requirement under US law of someone who is already a US citizen when accepting foreign citizenship. This is unlike China or Malaysia, whose citizens are automatically de-naturalised upon accepting a foreign citizenship. (And the law going soon into affect in China requires even those Chinese who are merely residents in another country to obtain a visa before returning to China, which is a major factor in my partner's recent change of heart about taking Swedish citizenship, in which she wasn't so interested before.)

It is also true, however, that anyone holding US citizenship may leave or enter the US only via a US passport or other US-issued travel document.

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