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Chapter 1: The American People

Student Web Activity

"Becoming a Citizen"

In this chapter you have been introduced to the concepts of citizenship, government, and democracy. American citizens are either natural born or naturalized. In this activity, you will visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site to learn more about the process of naturalization.

Destination Title: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Start at the USCIS home page.

  • Look at the menu on the topbar and click on Resources.
  • Click on Citizenship Resource Center on the menu to the left and then click it again when the page loads.
  • Read the information on the page.
  • Then click on Learn About Naturalization and read the information on the page.

After you have browsed through these topics, answer the following questions.

What are the seven general requirements for naturalization as a U.S. citizen?
If you immigrated to the United States and wanted to become a citizen, when would your time as a permanent resident begin?
Once you have submitted an application how long does the naturalization process usually take?
Create an information brochure for someone seeking U.S. citizenship. Include information that will be helpful to a person in this position, such as requirements, fees, questions, etc. Use color and other visual effects to make your flyer appealing.
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