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Citizenship

Should you become a citizen of the United States? Citizenship allows you to participate more actively in your community. You can vote, run for office, travel, and apply for government jobs.

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There are many reasons to become a citizen of the United States. Citizens of the United States have many rights and privileges. They also have responsibilities.

Federal, state, and local governments help people learn about their rights and responsibilities. It is important to learn about the laws in your area because states and cities can have different regulations. The information on this page will help you get started.

What Is Citizenship?

Citizenship is a legal status. When you become a citizen of the United States, you have legal rights and duties.

  • You can vote.
  • Your children can become citizens.
  • You can travel with a U.S. passport.
  • You can bring family members to the United States.
  • You can run for public office.
  • You can serve on a jury.
  • You can apply for government jobs.

Click here to go to a website that has U.S. Government Citizenship General Information.

How Can I Become a Citizen?

You can take citizenship classes to help you learn how to become a citizen.

Find classes in your area.

Here are a few facts about becoming a citizen. There is much more to know.

  • You must live legally in the United States for five years or more.
  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • You must be able to speak, read, and write English.
  • You must pass a United States history and government test.

Here is a U.S. government website with more information about becoming a U.S. citizen.

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