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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

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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
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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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