Definition of Citizenship
The country in which a person was born or a citizen and to which they owe allegiance. Citizens may become citizens by birth or after birth. Citizenship is conferred upon individuals born in the United States or abroad to at least one American parent. After delivery, an individual must apply for naturalization using Form N-400, Application for Citizenship or Naturalization, to become a U.S. citizen after birth.
Naturalization is how foreign citizens and nationals who meet the requirements outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act are granted citizenship. You must complete Form N-400 to apply for U.S. Citizenship.
Why Citizenship is important
Being a citizen of the United States is the pinnacle of immigrating. The United States values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich and preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity. Becoming a U.S. citizen entitles you to all the same rights and privileges as an American citizen born in the country.
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