Parentage and Dual Citizenship

The issue of parentage and dual citizenship is becoming an increasingly hot topic amongst Australia?s political and social sphere causing disruptions within parliament and political parties. While it may seem obvious that an individual would know about possessing a dual citizenship it isn?t always a simple process. The issues of dual citizenship is particularly pressing for future and current politicians as Australian citizens cannot become federal politicians under Section 44 of the Australian Constitution where they are considered to be a ?subject or a citizen of a foreign power?.

As a result, aspiring politicians and current politicians should be carrying out due diligence to ensure the state of their citizenship and the validity of their election. Worthington Clark?s genealogy research assists individuals and immigration lawyers in identifying their parentage and citizenship status through legal documents and records.

In some instances, dual citizenship must be applied for, however, it can also be automatically acquired unknowingly or unknowingly retained, which is part of the confusion. If an individual is born overseas or has parents of a foreign nationality, they too can be granted a foreign citizenship and as we have seen this status is not realised until after a federal election. If a dual citizenship is established post-election, politicians may be required to resign as per the current Constitution and renounce their non-Australian citizenship.

The pre-emptive process of verifying citizenship and conducting due diligence is generally straight-forward yet clearly a crucial process, by which individuals can assess their eligibility to run for a federal election. If a dual citizenship is established, it can then be renounced before becoming an electoral candidate to satisfy the requirements of Section 44. The issue of dual citizenship can be addressed discreetly and promptly with Worthington Clark?s more than 25 years of specialist experience in genealogy research.