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Got kids -- Military Service on the Cards
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Pyongshin Sangja

Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Location: I love baby!

PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding (about the US's stance) is:
-They do not recognize dual citizenship.
-If an immigrant wants to be a US citizen, he has to swear off all allegiances to other nations,
-BUT, this does not mean that their home country disowns them as citizens. And the US has no way to compel them to do this.
-The US also does not ask anything else beyond the symbolic swearing off of allegiances. They do not require formal proof of renunciation.
-Hence, there are in fact many dual US/other citizens, although in the eyes of the US govt, the other citizenship is null and void, a fact which has no bearing on any aspect of life, really.

Wrong. Americans that do a certain percentage of their education in America, serve in the American Forces and are discharged honourably can hold citizenship of other countries. American citizenship is then passed on to their children along with the nationality of the childrens' birth country or residency.
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Joined: 08 Jul 2003
Location: England

PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2005 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bobster wrote:
Was it not possible for you to read and try to understand the situation as presented?

East question, west response.

He came to Korea for the express purpose to learn and understand the country and culture from which he was wrenched as an infant by circumstances which he could not control. In the process, he learned that he had less in common with this country and culture than mere genetics might have led him to thinik.

I also want to be paid double on my next pay day. There is no room for a whine here. Your friend should have been guided by the dictates of commonsense. Why didn't he discover the ramifications of his cultural awakening earlier?

At the time when he returned to Korea there wa no reaon to renounce his Korean citizenship - it would have been counterproductive, in fact - and I'm guessing that after voluntarily serving in one county's military he might have thought it was enough, especially after having been declared "unfit" due to the knee injury ...

He should have realised that his gripe with the laws of the ROK was not enough to change them.

How many peple are asked to assume a military uniform ,,,, affter having already put one on and discarded it?

Completely irrelevant. There are many teachers who like to smoke cannabis, but if they are caught doing so in the ROK there is no room for complaint should they receive a severe punishment. If your friend is moaning about this situation then he is devoid of any commonsense.
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