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What is Citizenship?

The country in which a person is born in or naturalized that protects and to which that person owes allegiance. There are two ways to become a citizen, by birth or after birth. Those born in the United States, or abroad to at least one American parent, are considered citizens at birth. To become a citizen after birth individuals must apply for naturalization using Form N-400, Application U.S. Citizenship or Naturalization.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. Citizenship is granted to foreign citizens or nationals who meet the requirements established in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Applicants are required to complete Form N-400 to apply for U.S. Citizenship.

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The Value of Citizenship

Why is Citizenship Important?

Becoming a U.S. citizen is the pinnacle of U.S. Immigration. America is built on immigration and values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich and preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity. Becoming a U.S. Citizen means having all the same rights and privileges as every American-born Citizen.

Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. Throughout its history, the United States has welcomed newcomers from all over the world, whose countless contributions helped shape the country it is today. The United States is a nation of freedom, liberty, and equality. By choosing to become a U.S. citizen, applicants are making a commitment not only to the values (like the Bill of Rights) of the United States and its form of government, but also to uphold its constitution and defend the country if necessary.

Obtaining American citizenship offers many benefits and equally important responsibilities. Below you will find several rights and responsibilities that all citizens should exercise and respect. Some of these responsibilities are legally required of every citizen, but all are essential to ensure that America remains a free and prosperous nation.

U.S. Citizen Rights

What are The Rights of a U.S. Citizen?
  • Freedom to express yourself.
  • Freedom to worship as you wish.
  • Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.
  • Right to vote in elections for public officials.
  • Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.
  • Right to run for elected office.
  • Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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U.S. Citizen Responsibilities

What are The Responsibilities of a U.S. Citizen?
  • Support and defend the Constitution.
  • Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
  • Participate in the democratic process.
  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
  • Participate in your local community.
  • Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
  • Serve on a jury when called upon.
  • Defend the country if the need should arise.


When applying for U.S. citizenship, applicants are required to complete and submit Form N-400 – Application for U.S. Citizenship. If Form N-400 has been duly filed, USCIS will initially respond by mailing a letter, approximately 2-3 weeks after filing, that confirms receipt of the application. The receipt letter is formally known as Form I-797C, Notice of Action. However, if Form N-400 has not been properly filed, USCIS may send a Notice of Action to reject the petition or may send a Request for Evidence that requires additional items and/or documentation.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action contains a receipt number that is necessary to check the application status. Without an application receipt number, applicants will not be able to access their case status information. To track an application or petition (also referred to as “case”), applicants need to go to the My Case Status page on the USCIS website. They will need their 13-character receipt number which can be found on your receipt notice. It begins with three letters such as (EAC, WAC, LIN, or SRC). Please note that dashes (“-“) should be omitted when entering a receipt number.