Citizenship | How to Become a United States Citizen

To become a citizen of the USA at birth, you must:

  • Be born in the United States of America or land subject to the jurisdiction of the United States
  • OR have parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born in another country) and meet other legal requirement of a US citizen.

To become a US citizen otherwise, you must:

  • Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through your parents
  • OR Apply for naturalization

Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on:

  • English
  • Civics (U.S. history and government)


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