Citizenship Through Naturalization:

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In most cases, an applicant for naturalization must be a permanent resident (green card holder) before filing.  Except for certain U.S. military members and their dependents, naturalization can only be granted in the United States.


Most applicants for naturalization must have been a permanent resident for 5 years and have not made trips outside the United States for more than 6 months. Persons who have served in the armed forces may qualify for less time. All persons must have a good moral character, have a knowledge of english and U.S. civics, and be willing to support and defend the United States and the U.S. Constitution.

Citizenship Through Parents:

Whether someone born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents is a U.S. citizen depends on the law in effect when the person was born. These laws have changed over the years, but usually require a combination of at least one parent being a U.S. citizen when the child was born and having lived in the U.S. or its possessions for a period of time. Additionally, children born outside the United States may become citizens after birth based on their parent’s citizenship or naturalization.

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