As we have said on previous occasions, the American citizenship gives you the right to live and work without restrictions in the United States. It also gives you the joy to have a passport with endless privileges.

How Can I Get the Citizenship?

Citizens by Birth in the United States

Almost all people who are born in the United States are American citizens. The exception to this rule is the children of foreign parents who are temporarily in the United States working as diplomats to the government of another country.

By Naturalization

Usually, the naturalization takes place when a legal permanent resident applies for the citizenship five years after getting the Green Card (three years if married to an American).

There are special cases of naturalization:

  • American citizenship through grandparents
  • Citizenship for Military people
  • Some cases of adoption
  • Immediate citizenship for health professionals and language specialists who serve in the Army (Mavni program)

Adopted by American Citizens

Children born abroad who are adopted by American citizens usually acquire the nationality of their parents.

A Common Mistake

It’s important to understand that getting married to a citizen doesn’t make you an American instantly.

Marriage can lead to getting the permanent residence card. The resident can then apply for the naturalization after three years of marriage to an American.

U.S. Citizenship in Puerto Rico and Other Territories

People who are born in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands are citizens from the moment of birth.

By contrast, natives to American Samoa, Swains Island, and the islands known as Minor Outlyings, located in the Caribbean and the Pacific, aren’t citizens. These can only live and work in the U.S., but not vote.