Monday, December 7, 2009

U.S. Citizenship by Birth or Through Parents

You may already be a U.S. citizen and not know it.

U.S. citizenship can be obtained in one of four ways:

  • birth in the United States or its territories
  • birth to U.S. citizen parents (called "acquisition" of citizenship)
  • naturalization (obtaining citizenship after an application and exam), or
  • naturalization of one's parents (called "derivation" of citizenship).

Some people are already U.S. citizens and don't know it. Most of these people fall into one of three groups:


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