One of the most fascinating and controversial aspects of modern immigration is the concept of Birthright Citizenhsip, also known as Jus Soli.
The basic definition of Jus Soli is that anyone born in a certain country, no matter their nationality is entitled to nationality/citizenship in that country simply for being born there, no matter the legality or status of the parents.
For example, a child born to a Mexican citizen in the United States (whether they’re in the USA legally or not) is automatically a US citizen when they’re born. It’s a principle upheld in the US constitution. I should add – that in most cases that child would also be a Mexican national and thus hold dual citizenship in both countries (we’ll have more on this in the future).
As beautiful as this concept is – it’s actually pretty uncommon in the world. Only about 20% of countries guarantee nationality at birth because it’s so controversial.
So, if you’re looking to give your child a better life and perhaps travel to a certain country to give birth and then leave – here is a list of countries that still have birthright citizenship (jus soli).
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Saint Christopher and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United States
If you’re child is born in any of these countries, getting them at second passport is usually just a matter of proving birth and applying for a passport as any other citizen of that country would.