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Dual Citizenship

August 19th, 2012 | Posted by Hannah in indie2012

bootsnall indie2012Over on BootsnAll this week, they’re talking about dual citizenship and which countries you would pick if you had a choice.

I was born in England to a British father and Maltese mother, and with the introduction of the ability to hold another nationality’s passport as well as a Maltese one in 2000, became a dual citizen. It didn’t mean much to me at the time; I was 13 and don’t remember anything other than having to kiss a crucifix (Malta is a super duperly Catholic country) and sign a piece of paper, as well as griping about how boring waiting in a stuffy government office for hours to do that had been. (Sorry, Mum) However, what it meant in the long run was that I was entitled to free schooling, a monthly stipend at university, the ability to work without the need for a permit and various other benefits. As a Maltese citizen I could jump through loop holes that foreigners would struggle with. (Thanks, Mum)

I only applied for my first British passport at the beginning of this year. I figure I will be better off travelling as a British citizen rather than a Maltese one because certain visas will be less expensive (or not even a requirement) and I feel safer knowing that, should I need help, a British embassy will be much easier to find than a Maltese one. My Dad seems to think the opposite, claiming that British tourists tend to be targeted more often but if I thought like that I would never go anywhere. In a crisis I can always wave my Maltese passport around as well and confuse the hell out of everyone :)

Given that I am already a dual citizen, and also that both countries are members of the EU, the idea of being restricted when it comes to choosing where to live or work is a foreign concept to me. However, applying for my Indian visa was my first taste of what it can be like, and I can only imagine the stress that must come with needing to obtain one simply to live somewhere. I’ve seen this firsthand with a few foreign friends I’ve had and I’m glad it’s not an issue I have to deal with.

So – to answer BootsnAll’s question – if I had to choose two nationalities, I think having any EU passport would be a great idea and I’m a bit of an Anglophile so I’ll keep the British one too, please!

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  • Ollie says:

    I’m a Maltese national born here in the UK with a Maltese passport and Maltese ID Card. I asked someone in passport office in Malta couple of months ago can I have a British passport?, they said to me and my dad “No you can’t have another passport but you can still be a dual citizen if you have UK drivers licence or National Insurance Card encase UK leaves the EU in the near future.” It don’t bother me I’m proud to be Maltese national, my race and Maltese tourist.



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