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Dual Citizenship - Brazilian and American
User: Giselda Oviedo
Date: 6/6/2011 11:31 pm
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Hi there!

I have read the "frequent asked questions" and as I understood, for a Brazilian citizen to be eligible for this position in Brazil he/she should renounce his/her citizenship. The renounciation process seems to take a couple of months to finalize, so at what moment of the application process would the applicant have to show the proof of renounciation and also would the Department of State accept an application where the only renounciation proof is the filing stamp?

Thanks for all those anwers you have posted on the blog.

Best,

Giselda

 

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Re: Dual Citizenship - Brazilian and American
User: JB
Date: 6/7/2011 9:51 am
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Hello Giselda,

You need to consider very carefully before taking a serious step like renouncing citizenship, especially if you are making that decision on the chance that you might get a job (and a temporary job at that).  Remember that we are only hiring a limited number of people for this program, and there are a lot of steps to the process, so you should be cautious of making an irrevocable step like renunciation when there is no certainty that you would be chosen for the job.

In addition, you really need to consult Brazilian authorities on the impact of renunciation on Brazil's decision to grant diplomatic privileges and immunities.  That isn't a call for the U.S. to make.  We understand that Brazil will not grant diplomatic status to people considered to be Brazilian citizens; it is up to Brazil to decide whether renunciation of citizenship would then allow you status as a foreign diplomat in Brazil.  Again, that's a decision only Brazil can make, so you need to have this conversation with someone who can guide you on Brazilian law and practice. 

Best wishes, JB

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Re: Dual Citizenship - Brazilian and American
User: Giselda Oviedo
Date: 6/7/2011 10:39 pm
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JB:

Suppose I have already made up my mind about renouncing my citizenship and have also talked to Brazilian authorities about diplomatic issues. So my questions are:  

(1) When will I be required to make proof of my renunciation during the application process?

(2) Will the Department of State accept the filing certificate of my renunciation as a proof?

Thanks,

Giselda

 

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Re: Dual Citizenship - Brazilian and American
User: JB
Date: 6/8/2011 11:38 am
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Hi again Giselda,

I can't give you a firm answer to this, because it isn't an issue for the U.S. Government.  You can explain in your application what you have done, and bring whatever materials you have if you are called for an interview.  That said, we can't make a judgment about whether Brazil will accept you as a foreign diplomat or not.  If Brazil will not accept you as a foreign diplomat, then clearly we cannot hire you for the position, so any offer of employment would be conditioned on your receiving diplomatic privileges and immunities from Brazil.  I don't mean to be unhelpful, but it just isn't possible for us to say in advance what Brazil will decide.  Best wishes, JB

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