U.S. Citizenship

The Citizenship channel is about the rights and features of a country's citizens. Learn more about topics related to currency, passports and immigration.


Why We Vote on a Tuesday, and Why Weekend Elections Might Make More Sense

Voting for president on a Tuesday has been a U.S. tradition since the 1840s, but the timing makes it difficult for many people to exercise their right to vote.

10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration

"Immigration" has become a loaded word in the U.S. and many other places. But what is the truth about immigration in America? Is it a good thing or not? We sort out the facts from the fictions.

‘Lazy’ Americans: Is U.S. Voter Turnout Really Too Low?

The 54 percent voter turnout may not be as bad as it seems.

How do new states become part of the U.S.?

"The 51st state" is a phrase that refers to areas or countries that might become an additional U.S. state. Candidates include Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington D.C. How likely is this -- and how did the U.S. get the 50 it already has?

What is the DREAM Act?

As of 2008, about 612,000 undocumented youth in the U.S. had earned high school diplomas or GEDs. Could the DREAM Act clear the way for these students to continue on to college?

How the American Dream Works

It's safe to say most every American is familiar with the two magic words: "American dream." But what is this dream exactly? And how do you know if you're living it?

How do I start my own country?

Wishing you could start your own country? There's good news and bad news. The bad news is that it will take a lot of hard work to make this dream come true. But the good news is that there's actually a procedure in place to make it happen.

Is it illegal not to have a name?

If you decide to go nameless, the cops won't hunt you down and throw you in the slammer. But you may have trouble functioning in society.

The world's population hit 6 billion people on this day in October of 1999. Read about the historic day in which the world's population hit the 6 billion mark.

How Passports Work

Are you up to date with your passport or e-passport? It's a must-have when you're traveling out of the country. Read up on the latest laws and watch videos on cutting-edge passport technology.