The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world.
America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich this country and
preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity.
Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions in an individual
’s life. If you decide to apply to become a U.S. citizen, you will be showing your
commitment to the United States and your loyalty to its Constitution. In return, you are
rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship.
You may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth. Individuals who are born in
the United States and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and individuals
born in certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States are citizens at
birth. Also, individuals born outside the United States may be citizens at birth if their
parent or parents were citizens at the time of birth and other requirements are met.
Additionally, you may become a U.S. citizen after birth either through your parents,
known as “derived” or “acquired” citizenship, or by applying for naturalization on your
Citizenship Through Naturalization
Generally, permanent residents (green card holders) age 18 or older who meet all
eligibility requirements for naturalization. Application for Naturalization. For more
information, see the “Citizenship ” link to the top.
Citizenship Through Parents
If eligible, you can “acquire” or “derive” U.S. citizenship through a qualifying U.S. citizen
parent(s). For more information, see the “Citizenship ” link to the top.
The Naturalization Test
Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on English, and U.S. history and
government. We provide resources to help you prepare. For more information, Please
Citizenship for Military Members and Dependents
Members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents may be eligible for