Certified Translation and Genealogy Research for Dual Citizenship

Certified Apostille Translation and Apostille Services for Dual Citizenship

There is a growing need for certified, notarized, and sworn translation services for dual citizenship by descent, including Apostille services and sworn and certified Apostille translation services to help U.S. citizens obtain dual citizenship and birthright citizenship in another country. It helps to know that the governments of many European countries are currently extending citizenship to children, and, in some cases, to great-grandchildren of citizens and former citizens of those countries. Many U.S. clients need official, certified and Apostille translation services to obtain dual citizenship through ancestry, also know as dual citizenship by descent, in Argentine, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey.  We assist our clients with genealogical research services and genealogy translation services to obtain Apostille copies of official certified documents, such as ship manifest records; passenger arrival records; birth records; marriage records; other ancestral records to plead their case for dual citizenship and second passport through their qualifying immigrant ancestor.

There are very good reasons that Americans want to establish dual citizenship. Dual citizenship, and especially passports from more than one country, can grant access and benefits only available to citizens. For example, with a European Union (EU) passport you can work anywhere in the EU. A second passport might also gain you entrance to countries where strained diplomacy relations with the U.S. would otherwise prevent your entry. In sum, you never know when dual citizenship will come in handy.

Considering that it can take a long time to gather all of the needed documents to obtain certified Apostille translations, it is wise to begin the process sooner rather than later. In this era of globalization, the need for dual citizenship is more and more relevant. Right now, you might identify as a Mexican-American, but there are substantial benefits to being both American and Mexican.

Genealogy Research Services to Obtain Certified Official Documents for Dual Citizenship by Descent (Jus sanguinis or Jure sanguinis)

Need help with obtaining certified English copies of your relatives’ naturalization and citizenship records, such as Certificate of Arrival; Declaration of Intention; the United States of America Petition for Citizenship; Affidavits of Witnesses; Oath of Allegiance, and other historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants to apply for a dual citizenship; for immigration and emigration? Our certified genealogists can assist with retrieving copies of certified official documents to prove ancestry in order to apply for a citizenship by descent in the country of birth of your immigrant ancestor. We’ll obtain them for you, get them authenticated, apostilled and provide you with certified translations of the Apostilled naturalization records for you to bring to your interview at the consulate of your relative’s country of origin.

Certified, Notarized, Sworn, Apostilled Translation Services for Dual Citizenship, Immigration & Emigration

Obtaining dual citizenship by descent is a legal process. That means legal documents must be translated completely and accurately. In almost all cases, certified translations need to match the formatting of the original documents. This includes signatures, stamps, and seals, along with other information.

The best way to accomplish this is by using an experienced legal document translation and Apostille service to translate documents from English to German, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Slovak, Croatian, French, Hebrew, Romanian, Polish, and other languages.  We even provide sworn translation services from English to Spanish for use in Spain by sworn Spanish translators certified by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Typical Apostille documents requiring certified translation are birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, divorce certificates, U.S. passport pages, FBI background checks, State criminal background checks, court transcripts, and foreign language wills. All the above documents need to be apostilled, and each apostille certificate needs to be translated as well.

Translated documents submitted to the U.S. from another country often need to be apostilled, and, at the very least, notarized. An exception is that some documents submitted from inside the U.S. may only need a signed statement from the translator.

For any dual citizenship application, having a seasoned legal translation and Apostille service in your corner can be invaluable. That is why you should consider contacting the professional legal translators at All Language Alliance, Inc. where we provide USCIS certified translation services, certified translation of political asylum documents, legal interpreting services for asylum cases, Apostille translation services, immigration document translation services for individuals seeking dual citizenship, and assistance with citizenship by descent applications. In addition to other certified translation services, we deliver certified French translations by sworn French translators for those seeking dual citizenship in France; certified translations for Sephardic Jews with Iberian Jewish heritage seeking citizenship in Spain and Portugal; certified translations for Italian citizenship “jure sanguinis or “jus sanguinis” through ancestry, certified German translations for those seeking German citizenship by descent; Croatian certified translation for those seeking Croatian citizenship through ancestry; Slovak certified translation for those applying for Slovak citizenship by descent, and so forth.  We also provide remote interpreters and on-site in-person interpreters in all languages for attorney-client meetings.

Certified Translation for Austrian Dual Citizenship by Sworn and Judicially Certified Translators

Based on the new law, Austria currently offers dual citizenship to the direct descendants of Austrian Holocaust survivors, including those who fled Austria due to Nazi persecution, or fear of Nazi persecution. This offer of dual citizenship extends to those whose ancestors fled a successor state of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, also known as the Dual Monarchy, which, in addition to Austria, include the following states: Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia (formerly the Serbian-Croatian-Slovenian State).

The Austrian government requires that all the documents that are not written in German or English be submitted with a German translation by a sworn and judicially certified translator. Contact All Language Alliance, Inc. to get your Hebrew, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Italian, Swedish, Latvian, Polish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Serbian, French, Croatian, Slovenian/ Slovene, Russian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese, Mennonite Low German, Danish, and other foreign language documents translated to German by sworn and judicially certified translators.

Can a U.S. Citizen Have Dual Citizenship?

Yes, Americans can have dual citizenship.  Dual citizenship means you (and possibly children and spouse) are a citizen of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own nationality laws based on its own policies. The U.S. allows dual citizenship under almost any conditions. Any child born in a foreign country to U.S. national parents may be both a U.S. citizen and a citizen of the country of birth. Or, an individual having one nationality at birth may naturalize at a later date in another country to become a dual citizen.

U.S. law neither mentions dual citizenship nor requires anyone to choose one nationality over another. Generally, a U.S. citizen may naturalize in a foreign state without any risk to his or her U.S. citizenship.

Some Benefits of Dual Citizenship

Each country offers different and unique benefits to citizens. Notably, citizenship is different from having “permanent resident” status. Exclusive benefits often come only with full citizenship. Those might include:

Property ownership rights
• Investment opportunities
• More employment opportunities
• Access to social services
Tax breaks
• Visa-free travel between countries

Mechanics of Dual Citizenship for U.S./Mexico Citizens

The U.S. Naturalized citizenship oath includes the sentence:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”

It is important to realize that the oath above does not renounced citizenship itself. It is fully legal to hold dual Mexican and U.S. citizenship. In a key 1967 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the State Department had violated the Constitution when it refused to issue a new U.S. passport to a U.S. citizen who had voted in a foreign election. Further, Mexico’s acceptance of dual citizenship in 1998 resulted in a surge in applications.

The general requirements to apply for U.S. naturalization are:

• Be 18 years old or older at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
• Be a lawful permanent resident (have a “green card”).
• Demonstrate continuous permanent residence in the United States for at least 5 years. (In some cases, this may be 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.)
• Show that you have been physically present in the United States for 30 months. (In some cases, this may be 18 months if you are married to a U.S. citizen.)
• Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you claim residence.

The formal process begins by filling out the application form N-400. This 20-page form typically leads to other forms such as Form N-648 (Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions). You’ll also need to provide information about you parent’s history, education, employment, and marital history. As you would expect, to complete dual citizenship documents you will most likely need the assistance of a professional legal translation service.

The key prerequisites for obtaining citizenship in Mexico are typically having permanent residence status for five years, passing the naturalization exam, and supplying the correct documents to your local Mexican consulate, which are required documents depending on the context for your citizenship. You may be required to provide additional information during the process.

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