What is the easiest way to show anyone around the world, outside of the United States, that you are a citizen of the United States?
Well, that is pretty obvious to any educated person. The easiest way to show anyone you are a US citizen is to show your valid, unexpired, US Passport.
This is the most common document which proves US citizenship, but it is not the only one. According to some of the most authoritative sources, the following primary documents establish both US citizenship and identity. An individual needs to provide only one of the following documents to meet the documentation requirement:
- A United States passport, or
- A Certificate of Naturalization (DHS Form N-550 or N-570), or
- A Certificate of Citizenship (DHS Form N-560 or Form N-561).
Any of the three documents above is sufficient to prove one’s citizenship.
Question: how do you prove you are the citizen of some alternative or unrecognised country? Good question, but the proof here does not simply lie in the alternative country’s passport. No foreign official will have to accept that as evidence of citizenship, because that becomes evidence of citizenship only in the clear-cut case of recognised countries. This is true even if the country is recognised by most countries, but not by the specific country you want a visa from. Some countries will deny visas if the traveler’s passport shows evidence of citizenship or travel to a country which is not recognised by that country.
Yet I was able to find a loophole in a system which treats alternative or unrecognised countries like the bubonic plague, like blacks in the US were treated prior to the Civil War.
The loophole is not in international law, which is fairly vague or silent on this subject. The loophole was provided by a perfectly legitimate Italian law, the “Decree of the President of the Republic of 28 December 2000, No. 445”, often abbreviated in Italian legalise as “D.P.R. n. 445/2000”. Article 46 of this Decree allows all kinds of substitute declarations, including a “Declaration in lieu of Certification of Citizenship”, which you can actually print yourself with the help of some knowledge of Italian, and some Internet web forms, so long you are truthful and accurate to the best of your knowledge. In fact, you don’t even need an affidavit or a notary public to essentially self-print one of these substitute declarations, and Italian officials are forced to accept them in lieu of the actual documents normally used.
So below is a link to probably the world’s first bona fide United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) Certificate of Citizenship, which is valid, by the way, under Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, under the Montevideo Convention, under Italian law, and even under UMMOA law:
This document was sent along with a perfectly intelligible and diplomatic letter of explanation to the President of Italy, the Hon. Giorgio Napolitano, in his native Italian, and tracking data for the Express Mail International package shows that the President of Italy received the letter on 21 December 2010, but so far he has not apparently answered the letter.
Perhaps he may never answer, acknowledging the perfect legality of the document under Italian law, but I stand proud that the document is indeed legal, and according to multiple sources!