Citizenship in the United States

Immigrants may have become citizens of the U.S. at birth or after birth. To become a citizen at birth, you must:

  1. Have been born in the United States or certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; OR
  2. had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad) and meet other requirements

To become a citizen after birth, you must:

  1. Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents
  2. Apply for Naturalization

You May Qualify for Naturalization if:

  1. You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements;
  2. You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen;
  3. You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements; OR
  4. Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.

The Naturalization Test

Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on:

  1. English
  2. Civics (U.S. history and government)

Citizenship for Military Members and Dependents

Members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents may be eligible for special naturalization provisions.

The Value of Citizenship

Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions in an individual’s life. If you decide to apply to become a U.S. citizen, you will be showing your commitment to the United States and your loyalty to its Constitution. In return, you are rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship.

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