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If you’re presently expecting a child or are planning on having one soon, you should really consider having your baby overseas.

There are many countries, particularly in the western hemisphere, which grant citizenship to all children born within its borders, regardless of the nationality or immigration status of the parents. The legal term is called jus soli, which differs from jus sanguinis, or citizenship by blood/ancestry.

The United States and Canada are two such countries. You are probably familiar with stories of migrants from Guatemala and Mexico who trek across the desert in hopes of surreptitiously crossing the border and having their child on US soil for this reason.

Ironically, if I were expecting, I would probably be heading the other direction across the border to have my kid in Mexico or Guatemala.

Why does it matter? Why consider subjecting your precious cargo to a trip overseas?

Because it’s one of the best ways you can give your unborn child several built-in advantages for his/her entire life.

S/he will be born with 2 passports– yours, and the country s/he is born in; furthermore, the “Place of Birth” field on both passports will list a foreign country, so other people will not automatically assume that your child is from the US or Canada.

Most importantly, though, you can get your child started off on the right foot with the ‘multiple flags’ approach– having citizenship of one country and residing in another. For tax and privacy purposes, it is always best to keep the two separate.

As an example, someone could be an Argentine citizen who owns a Hong Kong based business and spends his time living in Florida, Italy, and Panama… or a citizen of Belize who lives and works in Dubai.

In both of these scenarios, the individual would not be subject to any income tax because he does not live in his home country of citizenship, and his government does not tax worldwide income.

If you live in the country where you have citizenship, you will more likely be subject to tax liabilities. If you never set foot on your homeland’s soil, chances are you’ll never have to stroke that check– so ideally, citizenship should be from a country where you would not want to live but still has value as a travel passport.

St. Kitts, Dominica, and Paraguay are good examples– and a child born in any of these places will automatically be granted citizenship.

Other jus soli countries include Brazil, Panama, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Jamaica, Chile, Nicaragua, Uruguay, St. Lucia, and Antigua… and lest I forget, Pakistan.

If you bear your children in any of these countries, they will be instantly granted citizenship; make sure you do your homework in advance to ensure that you’re not obliging them to military service, or that the law hasn’t changed.

New Zealand, for example, used to grant citizenship to all children born within its borders, but this law was changed effective January 1, 2006. And in the United States, there is presently a bill (HR 1868) with the House immigration subcommittee that would eliminate unconditional birthright citizenship.

It may seem strange to consider future tax planning and private banking issues for an unborn child. Giving your kids a second passport right from the start, however, would truly be one of the most beneficial things you could ever do for them– that, and teaching them a useful foreign language.

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  • http://rauschenbach.us/blog Möpsi

    There are numerous other reasons for giving birth abroad. I am speaking from recent experience… my wife delivered our 4th child yesterday, in a hospital in Arizona.

    We are not insured, having just returned from a few years in Europe, so we spent over $10k on the best doctor and care we could afford. Baby was born, all fine so far. 6 hours later, we felt like happy satisfied customers, and we told the staff we were ready to go home. Standard operating procedure in California or Indiana, where us & others have delivered in the past, and gone home 6 hours later, for the 3rd or 4th child. We were cut off from our family, because the hospital had a “flu quarantine” going on that forbade our other kids entry, so we were anxious to reunite the family.

    What unfolded next is hard to describe. Bottom line is, our friendly questioning and probing on the subject of leaving prompted our “hired help” to threaten us with Child Protective Services involvement! In their view, taking a baby home before 24 hours is a threat to the baby! So by extension, all home-birthing mothers are also enemies of the state. Our attempts to reunite our family were responded to with threats of prolonged separation of our family, and by extension, the taking of family members into government custody (a CPS standard op, as we all know). There is a radical and extremist mentality in this field, and it is getting dangerous.

    So our newborn was incarcerated for 30 hours, while we sat on our asses and twiddled our thumbs, while suffering their vain attempts to convince us that petossin, vaccines, and flu shots are mandatory, and anything less is “3rd world” treatment of our child! Yes, they thought we were crazy for wanting to protect the integrity of mother’s milk, while they threatened us and peddled pharmaceuticals, live viruses, and experimental flu shots.

    Well I don’t know about you, but my wife and I are both fully ready for that 3rd world now.

    They said they were mitigating risk, but what they were really doing is putting themselves out of business. The smart money is leaving for sure, including us. The only way their medical business will be able to stay in business, while remaining hostile towards their customers and while remaining so ignorant to holistic health is if they socialize the whole damned thing, so that their fees are extorted.

    Our doctor was world class, and so were his nurses. His parents immigrated from the Philippines, to create a better life for him, just as mine immigrated from Germany for the same opportunities. Once the empire is sufficiently dead, and the doc returns back home to his parent’s motherland, he will have world-class customers like you and I. Take what you can from the dying empire, but don’t go down with the sinking ship.

  • russell Melhem

    Iwas reading this article and listening to the song that came on the radio “I was born in the USA” Hahaha

  • Ron

    You make it sound as if you don’t have to pay income taxes in the country in which you reside if you are the citizen of another. But if that person lived in the US they would be a permanent resident alien and thus subject to income taxes… correct? Or am I missing something?

  • Cordous L Morris Jr

    Great article. Search your files for more like it. We can all benefit from the things that you know or have ready access to.

  • anonymous

    That’s exactly what my girlfriend and I are in the middle of doing. The hospitals are cheap here in this part of Asia, and actually seems to be much better than in Europe. Much better service, much better facilities.

    • Don

      If people with guns come after the taxes I hardly think they are voluntary, unless you are prepared to meet your maker.

  • Glen

    What I find amusing, is that the income tax in the U.S.A. is truly voluntary. READ the original code, not from the IRS, buy the code book! It’s all right there. Even a congressman admitted such recently and I think it’s still on youtube.

  • Johnathon Hayward

    I don’t think the advantages would outweigh the draw-backs of traveling to a foreign country to give birth. What if something goes wrong and they don’t have as good medical care as your home country?

    • Gibby

      The infant mortality rate in the US is way down the list & well into “3rd world” status. Giving birth is a natural process & certainly there is little need for it to take place in a US hospital. And who wants to battle the toxic vaccine pushers?

  • Brant

    I had problems in AZ with Child Protective Services. Once they investigated me to no avail then 4 yrs later they threatened to investigate me–to no avail. You can’t tell when these folks will come out of the woodwork–and in other states too boot. When it comes to medical issues, it pays to keep the doctor between you and them, if you can. POA and a good lawyer helps also. MOPSI made the mistake of telling “the staff” what he and his wife should have only discussed with the doctor.

  • Offshore Advisor

    Good article on a subject that concerns more and more people nowadays.

    I’d like to add that there exist economic citizenship programs, and two of three countries offering such programs officially were mentioned in your article: Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis. The third one is Austria, requiring around 4 million of investment to the country.

    St. Kitts and, especially, Dominica are more affordable: $200,000+ and $75,000+. St. Kitts also allows you to buy a property to qualify for citizen’s status.



  • ALS

    Wonderful information, thank you.

  • mary Wilson

    Eventually you will have problems in all the states with child protective services. Those states that are having people sign up for them to receive a card as to when the child’s next inoculation is due. Eventually if you get to far behind with your childs inoculations then child protective services will step in. They already do that in some states.

  • Wa Halla

    BUT.. if you have certain passports you will be eligible for call up to compulsory military service, or should the country have troubles could be conscripted. You can obviously give that passport back, but then how would you liquidate your assets?

  • Kamil

    Hi people,
    I’m shocked reading the medical issues encountered by Mopsi in Arizona. Anyway allow me to promote the facilities in Malaysia,my home. There is an increasing number of expatriates considering Malaysia as a second ome. In fact the government through the Tourism Ministry is promoting the Malaysia My Second Home programme. I believe there are about 13000 under the programme. Foreigners are allowed to own property,btw.
    Our medical services here are pretty good and very affordable to foreigners. In fact there is a medical tourism package which provides for a tourist to undergo a medical procedure(even plastic surgey!) and then recover at a nice resort/hotel. If I’m not mistaken, the package cost is about 30% of what it would cost in the USA,Australia!

    • Beverley McKinley

      when giving birth in Malaysia, does that also qualify the parents to citizenship also?

  • rl

    Would be interested in the other second citizenship programme. I am not rich but am trying to find someway out of america, trying to escape from america is getting more difficult. on mopsi, we always gave the hospital and the CPS uniformed thugs different addresses of people with our same name. our kids did not get any vaccines & shots of any kind, it was fun to see those hospital & CPS thugs scramble. When they asked for our phone number, we gave them numbers from various payphones in that city, and we do not live in that city. We live in a city 1,500 miles away. It was our way of flipping them the bird.

  • lrm

    While the mortality rates in the US may be very high given comparisons,we should look at the list Simon posted: Most of these countries would be not the best opportunity for a US citizen to give birth in. Simon is not a woman,and I gather he does not have children.

    I love the homebirth movement; in fact I did that route and ended up at the hospital anyway…and that’s fine. point is,I had OPTIONS.

    99% of souther italian babies are c-section;this is out of convenience,not safety. WHO does not recommend above 50% and even that is very high to them. [not that the WHO has dibs,but just mentioning that even they have the opinion that less intervention is better.]

    In many 3rd world countries,the options you have are homebirth with maybe or maybe not-a midwife who is minimally trained through lineage or light training-or a full on hospital,private,where you most likely will have a c-section.

    Dominica has a US med school,but still,not sure the hospital is one to rely on.
    Having lived in Kenya for a long time,you see what is common in many countries: wealthy indians and africans have their babies,and it is a la 1950’s-the kid is taken away,no questions asked,breast feeding is not encouraged,etc.

    So,yea,the 50’s may have been great for security and a seemingly simpler time int he USA,but it was not a great time to be born. LOL

    At the risk of being dramatic,I’m just pointing out that we need not throw the baby out with the bathwater,and to research-b/c like in the US,some parts of a country may have better options than others. Sure,you can find some good choices in brasil,but equally can you horrific places to birth,again with automatic c-secions.

    And,while you certainly,as a woman,can tell them what you want,and maybe they will listen b/c you are a foreigner and perceived wealthy,as any woman in labor will tel you,advocating for yoru personal safety is the last thing you want to navigate at the moment in time. You want it set up before hand,which is why many placesi n the US now have doula’s etc.

    If anything,pick your place by whether or not there are a)alot of ‘crunch type expats’ living there (aka Bali or mayb e san miguel de allende),or b)a University town or city,which is likely to have progressive and multiple options and technology available to you. Depends-if you want homebirth you can certainly find it,and if you want high tech,you can get that too,yes,probably for a fraction of the cost and with very friendly/loving staff.

    However,it does not take much internet research to find that women in rural india who go to birthing centers are standardly slapped and yelled at if they cry or scream,and many opt instead to stay at home…it is a real problem: Creating venues for women to give birth safely (assuming their traditional method has veyr high mortality rates and there is a problem to address),while having local staffed trained enough to know how to sustain this approach. Cultural practices imported into a ‘western’ setting create worse results in some cases than the original.

    Meanwhile,ppl think europe is great-midwives attend births (this is largely due to cost in socialized medicine,ppl),etc. While Holland practice looks down upon women who choose drugs to help in labor,you find a different scenario in each country,indeed. I’m all for choice-not mandated cultural or medical practices.

    There tends to be this glamourizing of poverty,which you can do when you have a vantage point of not living in it. Rose colored glasses…i’m all for hte cup is half full and for getting out of dodge these days..but honestly,with a topic like this,it’s about alot more than getting a second passport.

    • ok

      lrm– are you crazy??

      “99% of souther italian babies are c-section” ? check your facts. this is just nuts. keep in mind a few things:

      1) humankind has been having babies for thousands of years without advanced medical aid.
      2) the idea that the US is somehow more advanced in its birth care seems a bit arrogant
      3) just because you witnessed some things in africa that didn’t add up doesn’t mean that the very modern hospitals in other countries do the same things
      4) just because you are a woman doesn’t give you the lock on dictating quality of birth care.
      5) 1950s was a bad time to be born? i guess i should be thankful i made it this long.

  • lrm

    obv. i meant ‘crunchy types’ not ‘crunch’.

    • Max Schreck

      The height of irony.

  • lrm

    I’ll say ditto for Chile as my above post—very high c-section rate. Few options otherwise….in fact,i do not see one country on this list that would compel me to visit/move just to give birth.

    St. Kitts, Dominica, and Paraguay are good examples– and a child born in any of these places will automatically be granted citizenship.

    St. Kitts I visited years ago,while working on boats in the region-and while they were building a great golf course at the time,not sure childbirth practices and amenities were high on it’s list. dominica already mentioned,and paraguay-well,paraguay.

    Other jus soli countries include Brazil, Panama, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Jamaica, Chile, Nicaragua, Uruguay, St. Lucia, and Antigua… and lest I forget, Pakistan.

    I have researched chile for this reason in the past,brasil mentioned=might be okay in some areas. Antiqua-slight possibility,same with uruguay. Nica,um,no. Jamaica,same. Argentina;i’ve no idea but guessing it’s similar to other places still in the 50’s as far as childbirth. I’d love to hear others knowledge on the subject.

    All of that said,IF i were already an expat in one of these countries,I might consider,given that my life was set up there,and I was knowledgeable of the resources and options in depth.

    So,how ’bout that Pakistan? lol
    And a great dual citizenship to have for a US citizen,huh?

  • Heather

    I actually looked into getting citizenship in Pakistan. Other than by birth or marriage, it can be quite difficult. I lived there for three years and felt I had more freedom in many ways than I do in the US. Also, there are good medical facilities for those who can afford them, the cost of living is cheap, the economy runs on cash/assets not credit and there are numerous opportunities for investment/starting your own business. Taxes are low, and if you don’t mess with the army/ISI, they aren’t likely to mess with you.

    • http://rauschenbach.us Möpsi

      I work with a Pakistani refugee in Berlin, who is part of an entire circle of Paki refugees residing near each other in Berlin. He left because he was tired of oppressive corruption, such as the “spontaneous taxes” imposed on him. He would simply walk down the street minding his own business, until he would come across an officer of the law who would empty his pockets according to the legalized highway robbery. It is not unlike Mesa, Arizona where I am at, where the municipal government seems like it operating off of the highway fines, alone. Police cars everywhere, pulling over cars and extorting fines without a just cause, since nobody was ever given a vote for the speed limits, which are only there to legalize the highway robbery.

  • http://www.discovershareinspire.com/ Rachel

    Very helpful. Just the information I was looking for. I do know that children born in Costa Rica get automatic citizenship as well, and make the parents eligible for citizenship too!

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