Citizenship Is A Special Status
Becoming an American Citizen –
The Constitution grants Congress the right to establish
rules for becoming a citizen for someone who has not
gained it by birth – a process called “
Requirements for adult naturalization –
Five years residence in the U.S.
The ability to read, write, and speak English
An understanding of American history and
government (pass an oral exam)
Young people (minors) can become citizens when their
parents are naturalized.
Naturalized citizens may lose their citizenship if they lied
or misrepresented themselves during naturalization.