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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

When a person from a foreign country wants to become a US citizen, this process is called naturalization. The person has to do three things:

  1. Fill out an application form. The form asks questions about the person’s background. The person also has a set of fingerprints taken.
  2. Take a citizenship test. The exam tests the person’s knowledge of U.S. government and history.
  3. Appear before a judge in court. The judge listens to the person’s reasons for wanting to become a U.S. citizen, and then decides if the person will be allowed to become a citizen.
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