There are a couple of ways a person can become a citizen of the United States. The first way is by being born in the US or being born to parents who are already citizens. The second option is to apply for naturalization. For more information on citizenship, click here.
Removal and Deportation
If you have violated immigration laws, you could face removal and deportation. While they used to be two separate procedures, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 merged them into one operation. For more information on removal and deportation, click here.
One way to become a citizen of the United States to apply for naturalization. The rules are always changing and can be unique based upon your current citizenship, so covering every situation isn't possible on this website alone. Nevertheless, we do have plenty of useful information available — like requirements for naturalization, which you can find here.
Citizenship at or after birth
Things are pretty simple if you were born on US soil or if both of your parents are already citizens. However, if only one of your parents is a citizen, the circumstances can become tricky. Click here for more information on this situation. If you were born abroad or adopted by US citizens, our Citizenship After Birth page will be helpful for you.