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10/13/2017

Definition of Citizenship

Category : Naturalization

Citizenship is defined as the position or status of being a citizen of a particular country. A citizen of a country is a person who agrees to follow the social and political rights of the said country. The Citizens of the U.S. have the right to live, work and get involved in the daily life of the country and its people. They are required to pay taxes to the state as well.

How to become a Citizen of the U.S.

There are two ways of becoming a citizen of the U.S.

1) Citizen by birth:

When a person is born on U.S. soil, he is a natural citizen of the country. They don’t have to apply separately for citizenship.

2) Citizenship by naturalization:

Citizenship by naturalizationThis applies to those who are foreigners by birth or been born in another country and wish to settle down in the U.S. It is mandatory for them to apply for citizenship. This is a long and lengthy process. This means they have to understand and follow the laws, pay taxes and understand its history and culture just like any other normal citizen of the country. Once the citizenship is awarded, they have the same rights as a normal citizen of the country.

Naturalization is a lengthy process that they need to go through, the first step of which is to become a legal permanent resident (green card holder) of the U.S. Only a person who holds a green card can apply for citizenship once he or she meets certain citizenship requirements.

Following are some of the minimum requirements for filing an application for naturalization:

  • Hold a lawful permanent resident status in the U.S.

  • Demonstrate physical presence.

  • Prove that they are of good moral character.

  • Show willingness to pledge the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.

  • Should establish continuous residency in U.S.

  • Should prove they will follow the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

Important Immigration Forms

U.S. Citizenship Form N-400 Green Card Renewal Form I-90

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