Obtaining Or Acquiring U.S. Citizenship

A number of years after obtaining permanent residence, an individual may apply for citizenship through naturalization. There are other ways someone can acquire U.S. citizenship. U.S. citizenship law is based on the principle of “jus soli” which rests on the idea that citizenship is immediately acquired by all individuals born in the United States.

If you happen to have U.S. citizen parents, grandparents or great-grandparents, you may wish to investigate further. Complex and frequently changing legislation governs the acquisition of U.S. citizenship by children born abroad. In particular, The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 significantly changed the rules for citizenship for certain children born outside the United States.


"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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