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Citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a legal member of a sovereign state. A person may have multiple citizenships and a person who does not have citizenship of any state is said to be stateless.

Nationality is often used as a synonym for citizenship in English – notably in international law. Some but not all countries differentiate citizenship and nationality.

This book uses both terms and is mostly based on File:US OPM Citizenship Laws of the World 2001.pdf by the Office of Personnel Management and Defense Security Service as the United States Government works. This book does not give legal advice.

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