I think some of the questions were a little too invasive - particularly the one about which passports you currently hold.
I hold 3 passports...
My dad is Quarter English, Quarter Scottish and Half American, and my mum is German, my birth got registered at US and German Embassies which entitles me to US, German and British Passports...great for when I go travelling, just pull out the appropriate ones
I was classified as a "natural American born overseas", as was my dad. My granddad was one of the Americans that stayed over from the war.
I hold two passports but I don't think the government has a right to know the details.
No clue...My daughter wasn't allowed to be registered, but since the early 90's, a massive heap of restrictions have gone on getting citizenship and passports. (I was reg'd mid 80s)
That is true, as you are classed as a "natural born American" (as stated in their constitution). What a lovely system they have, however only the mother is allowed to stay with the child until said child is 18, at that point the mother applies for citizenship or gets deported.
I'm working towards getting my Irish passport as my Dad was British Irish (born in '38, served in RAF in 60s, lived in UK for most of his life).
As for completing the census ... the data may take ages to process but considering that some of the trends they are looking at are not linked to the needs of *this* Govt but of Govts over the years ... whichever govt is in power at the time (whether local or central) will use whatever data they have available but departments do not always share data ... partly because there are restrictions on what data is used and how it gets moved around.
Refusal to complete the census is a personal choice, but one that could affect others as even a handful of responses can make a difference. The use of the data for historical reference is important. For some people it can affect their nationality, for others links to medical histories, and for some it can have financial implications.
For all those stating about how the internet is changing everything ... don't forget that it is official documents which make a difference. Whilst the idea that the internet will hold everything forever ... it doesn't mean that it will be usable. If you look at old newspaper articles from the late 1900s they can give you a wealth of information but they are not usable for official purposes. The census is. Would you fail to register a birth or death? The usual counter-argument to this about people who choose to co-habit rather than marry ... but then you don't have the same legal standing ... that is why you have civil partnerships now.
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