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09-06-2007, 02:39 PM
Alter Haudegen
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Originally Posted by SpitFire40 View Post
My Grandmother's sister is still living in Austria although quite elderly at this point.

My Grandmother is definetely Austrian when he was born.. and my dad is on her Austrian passport from 1950.

The military thing could be a problem then, they re-located to the U.S. from Austria and when my dad turned 18 he did join the U.S. Military for a couple of years.

That is pretty frustrating if he cannot gain Austrian citizenship because he served in the U.S. military... as an office worker in Germany...

I think this is different than the Charlize Theron deal.. Unless her Parent/s were born and full blooded German's. Which is the case with my Dad.. Not only that was Charlize Theron born in Germany?

My Great Grandmother and Grandfather: Born in Austrian
My Grandmother: Born in Austrian
My Dad: Born in Austria

If getting U.S. citizenship voids all previous bloodlines... that is a pretty messed up circumstance.
Unfortunately that's the case (although it would have been different, if he for example obtained the foreign citizenship by simply being born there).
That's the two biggest reason for losing your Austrian citizenship - actively obtaining a foreign citizenship and serving with a foreign military (the are exceptions if you are obligated to serve in the army). This is stated explicitly in the Austrian Citizenship Law.
The only exceptions I have seen in such cases was for highly regarded pro athletes (public interest).
I suppose your family left Austria post war (e.g. they didn't flee the National-socialism, because there are different rules if you had to leave Austria between 1938-45)?

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