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Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Prerequisites 1a Citizenship is as defined my Merriam Webster is the quality of an individuals response to membership in a community A person can become a citizen of the United States by more than one way A citizen of the United States is a native-born foreign-born or naturalized person who owes allegiance to the United States and who is entitled to its protection In addition to the naturalization process the United States recognizes the US citizenship of individuals according to two fundamental principles right of birthplace or right of blood If a person is born in the United States then that person becomes a citizen by right of birthplace unless they are the child of a head of another state or a foreign diplomat If a person is born outside of the United States and that persons parentparents are citizens of the United States then the child will become a citizen of the US by right of blood The US Congress decides how citizenship is passed on by a US citizen parent or parents according to right of blood Another way to become a US citizen is by the naturalization process To become a citizen if a person is from another country they must fulfill the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act INA The general requirements for administrative naturalization include a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States residence in a particular INS District prior to filing an ability to read write and speak English a knowledge and understanding of US history and government good moral character attachment to the principles of the US Constitution and favorable disposition toward the United States One can become a citizen in other countries by either becoming a citizen by right of birthplace right of blood or naturalization as in the United States although
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