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Did You Know? The Naturalization Act of 1906 standardized the naturalization procedures and made knowledge of English as a requirement for citizenship. It also laid the foundation for and established the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
Did You Know? The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was terminated on March 1, 2003, as part of a major government reorganization following the September 11 attacks of 2001. Most of INS’s functions were transferred to three new entities – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – within the newly created Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Did You Know? There are no annual caps on the number of immigrant visas issued to the spouses, minor children or parents of US citizens.
The US grants a foreigner permanent resident status for one of these four reasons: employment, family ties, promotion of diversity, and refugee status. If a person is granted a permanent resident status, they are given a permanent visa, also known as green card.
The eligibility requirements for a person to become a US citizen are:
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