Naturalization & Citizenship

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich this country and preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity.

Citizens of the United States are entitled to live and work permanently in the U.S., vote in U.S. elections, serve on court juries, and hold a U.S. passport. U.S. citizens can sponsor their spouses, unmarried children under age 21, and parents as immediate relatives for U.S. permanent resident status.  Citizenship may be acquired either at birth, after birth or through naturalization.