Naturalization Project

Nathaniel Larose & Shawn Jones


Many immigrants (Aliens) come to the United States without proper paper work, which is illegal. When people come over to america and stay, the must become an american citizen. To do this they must first sign a statement that says that this declaration of intention is then filled with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Next, after living in the US between 3 and 5 years depending on if you are with an american citizen, they may take special classes to prepare for the citizenship test. If the person is at least 18 years old and have lived in the state where they seek naturalization for at least 3 months then they can apply for citizenship.

Interview & Examination

Immigrants meet with a USCIS agent so that the agency can make sure that the immigrant meets all the necessary requirements to be an american citizen. This means that that have to be of good moral standards, speak English, and pass reading and writing exams.

Oath of Allegiance

Finally the immigrant is to attend a ceremony to pledge an oath of allegiance, This basically states that the immigrant swears to be loyal to his/her country, to obey the constitution and all other laws set forth by the the countries government

Loss of citizenship

DENATURALIZATION - denaturalization is the loss of citizenship through fraud or deception during the naturalization process

EXPATIATION - This is loss of citizenship by leaving one's country to live in another one

PUNISHMENT - When convicted of certain federal crimes one can also lose citizenship for an example, you could lose citizenship by treason.

Illegal vs. Legal immigrants (Aliens)

Illegal - Even with immigration law there are approximately 12 million immigrants in the United states that are illegal. Some never apply and others fear that they would be turned down. There are many ways for someone to come to the US illegally, from visiting and over leaving to crossing the borders, if someone really wants to live in the US its possible for them to make it here. The main reason for immigrants to come to america regardless of being legal or illegal is that they want work and a better life. Since hiring an illegal immigrant is obviously illegal, they don't get hired, make little money if they do, and are scared of being deported

Legal - Immigrants that are allowed to stay in the united states are residential and non-residential immigrants. Residential means that they are allowed to stay for as long as they wish. Non-residential means that they stay in the US for a specified amount of time, then after the time is up they leave to go back to their country. Legal immigrants live lives like anyone in the US, they have access to most government services, work jobs, pay taxes and are legally protected just like everyone. Legal immigrants however, do not have the ability to run for office or have the chance to get most government jobs. They may not vote in an election or be in juries.