3 Under what circumstances might an American hold dual citizenship? Discussion QuestionUnder what circumstances might an American hold dual citizenship?
4 Who are America’s citizens? The U.S. Constitution establishes two ways to become a citizenBeing born on U.S. soilLegal process of naturalizationYou can also claim citizenship if your parent(s) are citizens that live in the U.S.A child born abroad to American parents will hold dual citizenship
5 How to become a citizenAliens, or noncitizens, may become naturalized citizens.More than a half million immigrants- people who move permanently to a new country, gain U.S. citizenship each year.Aliens must go through a lengthy process to become citizensFile a Declaration on Intention with the INSMay apply for citizenship after living in the U.S. for 5 years3 years for those who are married to U.S. citizensMust have interview with INS agent, then take a citizenship exam
6 Discussion QuestionWhat types of immigrants have priority when being selected for citizenship?
7 Aliens in AmericaThe U.S. restricts the number of immigrants who can enter the country.Priority goes to relatives of U.S. citizens and to people with needed skills or have money to investMany aliens live in the U.S. illegallyMost come looking for a better lifeJobs are hard to findGovernment will deport them, or move them back to their own country