By Sarah and Kaytee

6 Steps to Naturalization

  1. Obtain a green card.
  2. Maintain a physical presence.
  3. Complete the USCIS form N-400.
  4. Be fingerprinted.
  5. Pass the interview and naturalization test.
  6. Attend the oath ceremony.

Loss of Citizenship

  • Denaturalization: The loss of citizenship through fraud or deception during the naturalization process
  • Expatriation: a person who becomes a naturalized citizen of another country automatically loses his or her American citizenship.
  • Punishment for a crime: when convicted of certain federal crimes that involve extreme disloyalty. These crimes include treason, participation in a rebellion, and attempts to overthrow the government through violent means.

Undocumented Alien

Nickname: Illegal Alien

An alien who has entered the United States illegally and is deportable if apprehended, or an alien who entered the United States legally but who has fallen "out of status" and is deportable.

What Can Legal Aliens Do?

While they have no legal or constitutional rights to remain within the country, they may stay provided that the government renews their visas at the expiration of the previous visa. In return for the U.S. granting temporary residence, these aliens owe "temporary allegiance" to the United States. Aliens also receive treatment very similar to the treatment that U.S. citizens receive in the context of the judicial system. (For instance: The 4th, 5th, & 14th Amendments). "Legal Aliens"also hold the same obligations as "Legal Citizens": paying state and federal taxes and submitting to the draft lottery system in times of war.