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Who is The American Citizen

*An American citizen gets rights and freedoms that he/she couldn't in any other country.


An American Citizen is someone who...

  • Was born in the United States or one of its territories
  • Was born with at least one parent a U.S. citizen
  • Has been naturalized
  • Was less than 18 when parents were naturalized

Duties of a U.S. Citizen


  • Obey the law
  • Serve the courts, as a witness or a jury member
  • Defend the nation by registering for the military

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Rights of a U.S. Citizen

  • Freedom of press
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • Right to a fair and speedy trial
  • Right to vote in public elections
  • Right to run for elected office
  • Right to apply for federal employment
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Responsibilities of a U.S. Citizen

  • Vote in elections
  • Keep updated on current events and news
  • Support yourself financially
  • Educate yourself
  • Keep yourself in good health, physically and mentally
  • Join a political party (Democrats, Republicans, etc...)

Powers of an American Citizen

  • The power to persuade government
  • The power to vote in elections
  • The power to help a candidate
  • The power to join or create an organization

How to Become a US Citizen

You are a citizen at birth if:

  • You were born in the United States or one of its territories
  • One or both of your parents was a US citizen at the time of your birth


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Ways to Become a Citizen After Birth:

  1. Apply for Citizenship through Parents(Derived Citizenship)
  2. Apply for Naturalization

Citizenship Through Parents (Derived Citizenship)

There are 2 basic ways to obtain citizenship through your parents:

  1. At Birth
  2. After birth, but before the age of 18


*To apply for Derived Citizenship, fill out Form N-600

~For a list of specific scenarios, visit http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=32dffe9dd4aa3210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=32dffe9dd4aa3210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD


Citizenship Through Naturalization

Qualifications: You can apply for naturalization if:

  • You have served the the U.S. armed forces and meet all other requirements
  • You have been living in the United States for at least 5 years
  • You have been living in the US for at least 3 years and are a spouse of a U.S. citizen


Requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You have a good moral code, or good character
  • You must be able to read, write, and speak basic English
  • You must have lived within that state 3 months prior to applying for naturalization

*For a full list go to http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.749cabd81f5ffc8fba713d10526e0aa0/?vgnextoid=97adebb7d4ff8210VgnVCM10000025e6a00aRCRD&vgnextchannel=97adebb7d4ff8210VgnVCM10000025e6a00aRCRD


Process:

  1. Make sure you are not already a US citizen
  2. Make sure you are eligible to become a citizen
  3. Complete the Form N400, a ten page application for Naturalization
  4. Submit Form N400 to USCIS
  5. Go to a biometrics appointment to get your fingerprints taken
  6. Schedule an interview with a USCIS officer. You will be asked questions about Form N400 and you will take the Naturalization test.
  7. Once your application is approved, you will receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance
  8. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America
  9. Receive your Certificate of Naturalization
  10. Begin to understand what it means to be a UNITED STATES CITIZEN!!

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