If you’re wondering how to become stateless, like most things, there’s a guide for that: “How to Renounce Your U.S. Citizenship in Two Easy Steps” by Glen Lee Roberts.. Personally, I’ve been on what seems to be a never ending mission to get a second citizenship and passport to aid in the internationalization and protection of myself and my assets. I couldn’t really care less about having a citizenship at all except that it’s awfully hard to bank, do business and travel without a passport. And therein lies the rub, there doesn’t seem to be any way to get a passport from a given country without first getting citizenship. Unfortunately, citizenship is incredibly difficult to obtain if you don’t have the right ancestry or have lots of money to throw at the problem for an increasing number of countries.
Although Roberts doesn’t seem to have any interest in taking up a second citizenship now, he may have hit upon a loophole that could potentially allow you to speed up the process if you are already a legal resident in one of the 84 countries that are signatories to the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Article 32 of the convention states:
The Contracting States shall as far as possible facilitate the assimilation and naturalization of stateless persons. They shall in particular make every effort to expedite naturalization proceedings and to reduce as far as possible the
charges and costs of such proceedings.
This certainly sounds like something worth further research. Roberts renounced his citizenship in Paraguay which is a signatory to the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons but as of December 2014, Paraguay had yet to develop any process or forms required to implement it. That doesn’t sound particularly promising for those of us with aspirations for international travel, business and banking but maybe one of the other 83 countries has a more formalized process that is easier to make use of.
This is an angle I will definitely have to research further. If any readers have any specific knowledge of someone obtaining citizenship via Article 32, please share your stories in the comment section!