Presentation on theme: "CHAPTER 1.2/1.3 AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP 101. WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF BEING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN? My ideas Rights Freedoms Protection A voice – VOTE Education."— Presentation transcript:
WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF BEING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN? My ideas Rights Freedoms Protection A voice – VOTE Education Right to vote Ability to run for political office Federal job opportunities International assistance and protection / US passport. Protection of all rights and freedoms granted in the US Constitution.
RESPONSIBILITIES My ideas: Loyal Pay taxes Serve your community Obey laws Give up prior allegiances and agree to support the US Constitution. VOTE and participate in government. Serve on a jury Attend school until the age of 16. Be informed of current issues Pay taxes Abide by all laws
TERMS Citizen – an official member of a community with government and laws Non-Citizen – an unofficial member of a community with government and laws. Alien – a person who resides in a country (permanently or temporarily). Citizen of original country. Immigrant – a person who comes to the US with the intention of living there permanently. Legal - Have permanent resident status (green card) Illegal – without permission and knowledge of government.
LEGAL VS. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS Legal immigrants have permanent residency; they have been given green cards. Only legal immigrants can being the process of naturalization Legal immigrants usually come to the US in one of three ways; Family member sponsorship Employment opportunities Refuge/Asylum
METHODS OF OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP Birth 14 th amendment “all persons born or naturalized in the US are citizens of the US and the states where they reside” Naturalization Process – the process by which a non-citizen becomes a citizen. Congress Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4
NATURALIZATION PROCESS Must be a permanent resident for 5 years $985 Complete an application for naturalization and send to the Immigration and Services Office. Fingerprinted for background checks. Interviewed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office. Background information Good moral character Principals & ideals of US Constitution Willingness to take and oath
NATURALIZATION PROCESS English test – read, speak, write Civics & History Test Must get 6 out of 10 right
2 QUESTIONS Please write 2 questions that you think should be on a U.S. Citizenship test.