Presentation on theme: "Chapter 1 Section 2. 2 ways to become a U.S. citizen 1.By being born in the U.S. 2.By going through the process of naturalization Who is in charge of."— Presentation transcript:
2 ways to become a U.S. citizen 1.By being born in the U.S. 2.By going through the process of naturalization Who is in charge of Citizenship? United States Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS
Citizen by Birth 1.Born in one of the 50 states or a U.S. Territory 2.Be born on foreign soil to parents who are U.S Citizens 3.Be born on American Soil to non-U.S. citizens The exception: Children who are born to diplomats keep the nationality of their parents. They often have dual citizenship and are citizens of 2 countries
The Process of Naturalization 1.Declaration of Intent: SAM signs a statement saying that he wants to be a U.S. citizen. 2.Application: After 5 years, if SAM is at least 18 years old and has lived in the same state for 3 months, he files an application for citizenship. 3.Interview: SAM interviews with a USCIS Official to make sure he is of “good moral character.” 4.Citizenship Test: SAM takes a Citizenship Test with reading, writing, and basic English. It also has Government and History Questions. 5.5. Oath: If the application is approved, SAM pledges an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S.
1.Citizenship is a lifelong privilege that only the government can take away (revoke). 2.If you give up citizenship, you can never get it back. 3.When a parent completes the process of naturalization and becomes a U.S. citizen, all children under 18 years old are automatically citizens.
ILLEGAL ALIEN A person living in the U.S. illegally There are over 10 million living in the U.S. They are willing to work for low pay and no benefits. The US Border Patrol, the law enforcement unit of the USCIS, works to find and deport them.
Legal Alien A person from another country that lives in the U.S. legally. 1.They may hold jobs, own property, and attend public school. 2.They pay taxes and have legal protection of the government. 3.They do not have full political rights and cannot vote or run for office.They may not serve on juries or hold government jobs. Am I a legal alien?? Uhhh..no. You’re from Mars!