Citizenship is the status or position of being a citizen of a nation. If you have citizenship in a country, you have the right to live, work and vote there and also have the obligation to pay tax. A person may have multiple citizenships.
There are two primary types of U.S. citizenship: birthright citizenship and naturalized citizenship.
To be a U.S. citizen at birth, you must:
- Have been born within the territorial limits of the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; or
- If you were born abroad and you had one or two parents who were U.S. citizens at the time of your birth, you can apply citizenship through a Consular Report of Birth (CRBA)
To become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you must:
- Be a "derived" or "acquired" children of U.S. citizen parents and apply for citizenship.
- Be a legal immigrant, meet the naturalization requirement and apply for naturalization