The Law and Citizenship

Limón, José E.; Hunter, Miranda
February 2005
Crossing the Border: Latino Americans & Immigration Laws;2005, p74
This article provides information on immigration law and citizenship in the U.S. Becoming a U.S. citizen is sometimes considered the holy grail of immigration law, because citizenship offers benefits and protections that visas and green cards do not. U.S. immigration law lays out many rules that must be met for a noncitizen to enter the country. The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is called naturalization. To qualify for naturalization, an individual must have been a green card holder in the U.S. for a minimum period of time. For most people, the amount of time required is five years. An immigrant hoping to apply for citizenship must maintain a permanent residence in the U.S. for the entire five-year period.


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