Naturalization

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Naturalization Process

First, you sign a statement saying you wish to be an American citizen and then it is filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


Second Aliens must live in the United States for 5 years (3 years for people married to citizens) and they usually take classes to prepare for citizenship. If they are then at least 18 years old and have lived in the state they want to have naturalization in, then they can file for citizenship.


After the paperwork is checked, the alien will have an interview with a USCIS official so they can determine if you have good moral character and meet the requirements. There is then an exam that consist of speaking English, American History, and government and once taken, the USCIS makes their decision.


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Ways to Lose Citizenship

Denaturalization- Loss through fraud or deception like giving inaccurate information.


Expatriation-giving up citizenship by leaving, voluntary or involuntarily, to live in a different country.


Punishment for a Crime- Person may lose citizenship as a consequence of certain crimes.

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Legal vs Illegal Aliens

Approximately 12 million aliens are living in the U.S. illegally. They live in constant fear of being deported. Legal aliens such as, refugees and resident aliens. They live life similarly to U.S. citizens. They pay taxes and are entitled to legal protection, though they don't have full political rights.
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