Haley Linker and Allyson Baxter

Naturalization Process

1) Obtain a green card

2) Maintain a physical presence; stay in country for 30 months

3) Complete the USCIS form N-400; background info,etc (costs over $600)

4) Be fingerprinted; also have to be examined

5) Pass interview and naturalization test; have to know certain stuff about America (or certain country)

6) Attend the oath ceremony; oath of loyalty to the US (or chosen country) and given certificate of naturalization as proof of citizenship

Loss of Citizenship

* The loss of your citizenship because of fraud or deception during the naturalization process is called denaturalization.

* The simplest way to lose your citizenship is through expatriation- giving up one's citizenship by leaving one's native country to live in a foreign country.

* A person can also lose citizenship when convicted of a certain crime that contain extreme disloyalty (participation in a rebellion, and attempts to overthrow the government through violent means

Illegal Alien

Illegal aliens are foreigners who are non-citizens that are in a country that they aren't citizens in, and is especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection. There are multiple reasons why illegal aliens come, they could be overstaying the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson. Some come to study, to work, or to visit relatives. They remain citizens of their own countries and eventually return home.

Legal Alien

A legal alien is a non-citizen that is legally permitted to stay in a country. This can include tourists, guest workers, legal permanent residents and student visa resident aliens.