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Path to Citizenship . September 30, 2013. 2 Paths to become U.S. Citizen By Birth Born in U.S. State; U.S. territory; Washington D.C.; or military base One or Both Parents are U.S. Citizen Born on U.S. soil to non-citizen parents 2. By NATURALIZATION

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Path to citizenship

Path to Citizenship

September 30, 2013


Path to citizenship

2 Paths to become U.S. Citizen

  • By Birth

  • Born in U.S. State; U.S. territory; Washington D.C.; or military base

  • One or Both Parents are U.S. Citizen

  • Born on U.S. soil to non-citizen parents

    2. By NATURALIZATION

  • Naturalization: legal process to become citizen for foreign born

  • Alien: non-citizen

  • Come to U.S. for school, work, visit, etc.

  • Some stay for awhile and leave

  • Others, stay and become naturalized

  • Immigrant: Person who moves PERMANENTLY to a new country

    • Could be LEGAL or ILLEGAL


Path to citizenship

  • Steps to become U.S. Citizen

  • Sign Declaration of Intention saying you want to be a U.S. citizen

  • Live in the U.S. at least 5 years

    • If married to U.S. citizen, then 3 years

  • Be at least 18 years old and live in state (currently living in) for at least 3 months

    • File application for citizenship

  • Interview with U.S. Citizen and Immigrant Services

    • Take citizenship test

  • Oath of Allegiance - Must swear:

    • Loyal to U.S. above all other countries

    • Obey laws

    • Perform in military

  • Once a U.S. citizen, children are automatically citizens (if you have any)

  • Dual citizenship: can apply to be citizens of two


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