Citizenship is a unique bond that unites people around civic ideals and a belief in the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions an immigrant can make.
Citizenship and Naturalization
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident after meeting the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Derivation of citizenship is obtained by children of Permanent Residents (or Green Card holders) who became U.S. citizens before they turned 18.
Acquisition of citizenship refers to children of U.S. citizens that obtain U.S. citizenship at birth through their parents. This means they are citizens regardless of whether they have proof, but they should still apply for a Certificate of Citizenship or should register the birth of the child abroad--also known as Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) .
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U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one nationality over the other. When you naturalize (become a U.S. citizen), you are not required to renounce your initial nationality or citizenship.
More than 50 countries allow for dual citizenship. If you choose to naturalize, you should check with your country of origin to make sure your country does not require you to renounce your initial nationality or citizenship.
Keep in mind that, even in countries where dual citizenship is allowed, there may be some restrictions or specific conditions.