Pathways to U.S.


citizen at birth based on 1 of 2 principles

naturalization: process by which a foreigner (alien) becomes a citizen

jus soli = right of birthplace

jus sanguinis = right of blood

typical route to citizenship

modified requirements for certain people

born on U.S. soil

at least one parent is a U.S. citizen

1. apply for a permanent residency visa

must have family or a job in U.S.

examples: marriage, adoption, military service

2. apply for citizenship

answers must show good moral character

3. get finger printed

Civics test American government integrated civics American history

4. interview and pass tests

English test

oral reading writing

5. take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States

shows an attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution