Citizens

By: Megan Livengood and Caroline Brown

Naturalization Process

1. You must gain admittance to the U.S. as a legally permanent resident.

2. You must live in the U.S. continuously for Five Years After Filing for Naturalization
Once an applicant has filed for naturalization, he is expected to establish and maintain continuous residency

3. Establish Actual Residency

4. Acquire a Basic Knowledge of U.S. Government and History

5. You Must Exemplify Moral Character and an Understanding of the U.S. Constitution

6. You Must Be at Least 18 Years of Age

The loss of citizenship

-Becoming a naturalized of another country after the age of 18

-Joining the military of a foreign state

-Joining the government of a foreign state

-Performing some act to intentionally give up citizenship. For example, some people file a formal oath of renunciation. They may perhaps because they wish to live in another country, and that country does not permit dual citizenship

-Committing treason or other acts against the U.S. government.

What is an illegal alien?

An alien who entered the United States illegally without the proper authorization and documents, or is an alien who once entered the United States legally and has since violated the terms of the status in which he entered the United States or has overstayed the time limits.

What is a legal alien and what can they do?

A legal alien is a non-citizen who is legally permitted to remain in a country. This is a very broad category which includes tourists, guest workers, legal permanent residents and student visa resident aliens.


Aliens may hold jobs, own property, attend public schools, and receive other gov- ernment services. They pay taxes and are entitled to legal protection.

Aliens do not have full political rights, however. They may not vote in elections or run for office. They may not serve on juries or work in most government jobs. In addi- tion, unlike U.S. citizens, aliens must carry identification cards at all times.