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Citizenship
You can become a U.S. citizen either at birth or through naturalization:

Citizenship at Birth
To become a citizen at birth, you must:
- Have been born in the United States or certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States;
OR
- Had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad) and meet other requirements

Naturalization, Citizenship after Birth
To become a citizen after birth, you must:
- Apply for "derived" or "acquired" citizenship through parents
OR
- Apply for naturalization

 

 
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