Can a Dual Citizenship Holder Be President of the U.S.?

The framers of the U.S. Constitution felt it important to have a natural-born citizen as president.
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Article 2, Section 1 of the United States Constitution states that only natural-born citizens may serve as president. While the clause prevents immigrants who become U.S. citizens through naturalization from becoming president, it does not affect those with dual citizenship. Naturalization is the process through which a citizen of another country who moves the U.S. permanently can acquire citizenship.

1 Defining Dual Citizenship

According to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, dual nationality or dual citizen "means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time." In general, someone who is born in the U.S. is a citizen. Someone who is born outside the country to parents who are U.S. citizens is also a natural-born citizen of the United States and may hold citizenship from the other country, as well. A person holding such dual citizenship still meets the requirement for the presidency of being a natural-born citizen.

Pamela Martin has been writing since 1979. She has written newsletter articles and curricula-related materials. She also writes about teaching and crafts. Martin was an American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in curriculum/instruction from the University of Missouri.