Some random thoughts and observations on US citizenship.
Americans take a lot for granted. One aspect of American blessing that I’ve been more keenly aware of lately is my citizenship. As a US citizen I can travel to nearly anywhere in the world no questions asked… or at least very few. Many people from other countries are denied a visa to even tour the US.
A couple in our small group tonight highlighted that when they have kids they’ll have to decide what nationality to have their child be… South African or Sri Lankan. At first I thought that was kind of a uniquely cool thing to get to pick your child’s nationality. However, they have legitimate concerns over what benefits, opportunities, and perhaps restrictions come with each option.
I’ve heard people from Egypt, Nepal, and Bangladesh speak of a US Visa lottery. There is a Green Card Lottery and I know of an Egyptian couple here who won the lottery… they’ll be visiting the US once a year to preserve their Green Card. They want the option to move to the US if necessary, and this is an option sought by many. Are there lotteries for citizenship in other countries? Not that I’ve ever heard of.