Chapter 1 Section 2

By: Morgan Hester and Andruw Cain

Six Steps To Becoming A Naturalized American Citizen

Step 1: Obtain a green card.

Step 2: Maintain a physical presence

Step 3: Complete the USCIS form and N-400

Step 4: Be fingerprinted

Step 5: Pass the interview and naturalization test

Step 6: Attend an oath ceremony

The Loss Of Citizenship

If US citizens perform any of the following acts then their citizenship can be revoked:


  1. Obtaining naturalization in a foreign state

  2. Taking an oath, affirmation or other formal declaration to a foreign state or its political subdivisions

  3. Entering or serving in the armed forces of a foreign state engaged in hostilities against the U.S. or serving as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in the armed forces of a foreign state

  4. Accepting employment with a foreign government if (a) one has the nationality of that foreign state or (b) a declaration of allegiance is required in accepting the position

  5. Formally renouncing U.S. citizenship before a U.S. consular officer outside the United States

  6. Formally renouncing U.S. citizenship within the U.S. (but only "in time of war")

  7. Conviction for an act of treason.


What Can An Illegal Alien Do?

They have all the rights of a normal citizen except they can not vote or holding or working in a public office and can be removed for an aggravated felony or for lying in the application process. They have the right to due process and habeas corpus. The rights aren't suspended during war time.