Today I learned about the proposed Titles of Nobility Amendment to the US Constitution, which has been pending for 210 years. The Amendment would strip US citizenship from any citizen who accepts a title of nobility from a foreign country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11t…
Lion Feuchtwanger, an anti-nazi German author in exile, had applied for US citizenship but the Committee on Un-American Activities scrutinized him for being a "premature antifascist". The letter confirming citizenship reached him the day after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exi…
Today I learned of the Cherokee freedmen controversy, whether descendants of slaves owned by the Cherokee are Citizens of the Cherokee nation, in accordance with a 1866 Treaty (after they sided with the CSA in the Civil War). This was only solved in 2017, with the freedmen's descendants granted citizenship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In 2013 Tina Turner became a citizen of Switzerland, and relinquished her US citizenship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
In 1950 a Czech mechanic found a wrecked German AFV from WWII and rebuilt it to smash through the Iron Curtain and apply for US Citizenship. historyisnowmagazine.com/…
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially restored the full citizenship rights of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, signing an act from Congress that ended a century-long dispute. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
The indigenous Chukchi of Chukotka, Russia, managed to successfully prevent the Russian Empire from conquering them to which the Russian government offered citizenship and a treaty that would exempt them from paying tribute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Arminius was born a Germanic tribal prince and grew up a hostage of the Roman Empire. Having been granted Roman citizenship and knighthood, he secretly plotted and led a Germanic revolt against Roman rule, which culminated in the ambush and destruction of 3 Roman legions in the Teutoburg Forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Renouncing US Citizenship costs $2,350. This means the US has the highest citizenship renunciation fee in the world. expatnetwork.com/how-to-r…
During WWII, France and the United Kingdom nearly unified into one nation, sharing defence, foreign, financial and economic policies, as well as citizenship. The French cabinet rejected the union, one member calling it "fusion with a corpse". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The first Sikh member of the US Army - Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918 and was stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. The Supreme Court ruled against him in his second attempt. He succeeded in his third attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Following the Civil War Robert E Lee was stricken of his citizenship and had to apply for it back. Instead of the letter reaching the president it was given as a souvenir to a friend of the secretary of state. theimaginativeconservativ…
Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago with a population of 3 000, is the only visa-free zone in the world meaning that anybody may live and work there indefinitely regardless of country of citizenship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
Canada put ethnic Ukrainians with Austro-Hungarian citizenship living in Canada in internment camps during World War I, during which it fought against Austria-Hungary, which controlled a portion of what is now Ukraine and contained many ethnic Ukrainians in its empire and army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukr…
Puerto Rican citizenship, as a legal concept, exists separate to being a citizen of the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pue…
About the life of John Demjanjuk who started off in the Soviet Army, was captured by the Nazis where he became a concentration camp guard, then became an auto mechanic and US citizen in NYC. He lost his US citizenship twice afterwards and was tried by several nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In Switzerland, applications for citizenship are decided at the municipal level. Hence, if your neighbors find you annoying then they can vote to deny your citizenship. theatlantic.com/internati…
Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918, only to be stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. His 2nd attempt had the Supreme Court rule against him. He succeeded in his 3rd attempt. He was also the first turbaned (Sikh) member of the US Army, serving during WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Americans that live abroad and even get another citizenship, still have to pay US taxes greenbacktaxservices.com/…
In most countries, being born there does not automatically grant you citizenship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
To relinquish a U.S citizenship you must pay a $2,350 State Department fee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
Robert E. Lee's citizenship was posthumously restored in 1975 after his lost Amnesty Oath was found. It had been given to a friend as a souvenir by the Secretary of State in 1865. archives.gov/publications…
When the Dutch Princess Magriet was born in Ottawa, her maternity ward was declared extraterritorial by the Canadian government, so that she would receive sole Dutch citizenship. ourcommons.ca/procedure-b…
Native Americans weren't counted in the US census until 1890, however they were included before Native Americans were granted US citizenship in 1924 by the passing of the Indian Citizenship Act census.gov/srd/papers/pdf…
It is legally impossible to renounce Argentine citizenship, and they don't classify anyone as illegal aliens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
Research suggests that a future Martian colony should grow and develop completely independently from Earth. Its members would relinquish their Earthly citizenship, have no nation on Earth to answer to, and only establish diplomatic and economic relations with new crews that land on the planet. bbc.com/future/article/20…
From 2014 to 2019, the descendants of the Jews who were expelled from Spain by the Alhambra Decree of 1492 were offered Spanish citizenship, without being required to move to Spain or renounce any other citizenship, as long as they could prove their Spanish (Sephardic) heritage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Although all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens under the the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, "the amendment does not grant citizenship to children born in the U.S. to foreign diplomats or foreign soldiers" voanews.com/usa/qa-14th-a…
Winston Churchill was the first foreign national to receive honorary United States citizenship. While he did not attend the ceremony in person, his son went and received (on behalf of his father) the only "honorary citizen’s identification document" ever issued. history.com/news/americas…
Babies born on planes flying over US territory are granted American citizenship at birth. thepointsguy.com/2018/01/…
Ferdinand Porsche (The founder of the Porsche luxury car brand) gave up his Czechoslovakian citizenship in order to become an active Nazi Party member in the late 1930s. He then pushed for the utilization of Jewish slaves to mass-produce the then-new Volkswagen Beetle, aka "The People's Car" warhistoryonline.com/war-…
The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard which is roughly the size of Ireland is an entirely visa-free zone, meaning anyone may live and work on Svalbard indefinitely regardless of country of citizenship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
From 1907 to 1940, American women could lose their US citizenship if they married non-American men. American men could marry whomever they wanted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
A Russian woman - angry at being denied French citizenship - once tried to attack the Mona Lisa by throwing a ceramic tea cup at it. Luckily it was ecased in bulletproof glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Women obtain Vatican City citizenship by marriage (as a baptized Catholic) to their husbands; however such citizenship "lasts only for the duration of their stay" in Vatican City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
Today I learned about Jose Castellanos Contreras, a Salvodoran army colonel and diplomat, who, while working as El Salvador's Consul General for Geneva during WWII, helped save up to 40,000 Jews and Central Europeans from the Nazis by secretly issuing thousands of "certificates of Salvadoran citizenship" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In 1957 Albert Namatjira, a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, was the first Aboriginal person to be granted Australian citizenship, which allowed him to vote, have limited land rights and buy alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Einstein held 6 different citizenships throughout his life due to changing regimes and residences. However, he was also stateless for 5 years from 1896–1901. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Abraham Lincoln had dual citizenship (San Marino), it was granted to him by the San Marino government at the beginning of the American Civil War. quod.lib.umich.edu/l/linc…
Today I learned of the Freedmen. The Cherokee had black slaves. In 1866 they signed a treaty that freed them and granted them and their descendants, tribal citizenship after Emancipation. The Nation has ostracized them and is trying to strip them of tribal citizenship largely due to their darker complexion. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned about Rio Rico an American town that was basically forgotten in Mexico and is the last piece of land ever ceded to a foreign power by the United States. It's residents were also granted US citizenship for having been born in the US. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Since the majority of Canadians live so close to the US, occasionally high risk pregnancies will be transferred to US hospitals, incidentally giving the newborn US citizenship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
During WWII about 250,000 Filipinos were promised US Citizenship & Veteran Benefits for aiding the US in fighting Japan, then the US reneged its offer and only about 4000 got any benefits at all. nbcnews.com/news/asian-am…
While mathematician Kurt GΓΆdel prepared for his U.S. citizenship exam he discovered an inconsistency in the constitution that could, despite of its individual articles to protect democracy, allow the USA to become a dictatorship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Earl Tupper, inventor and founder of the Tupperware Company, sold his ownership interest, bought himself an island in Costa Rica, and gave up his U.S. citizenship to avoid taxes. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Singer Tina Turner relinqished her US citizenship in 2013 and is now a citizen of Switzerland where she has been living since 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
The US has a 200 year-old pending Amendment which would strip citizenship from any citizen who accepts a title of nobility from a foreign country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
If you are born over the United States, in a foreign plane with foreign parents, you can still claim U.S. citizenship npr.org/sections/krulwich…

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