U.S. Citizenship

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How the Census Works

The U.S. census is a headcount of the nation that takes place every 10 years. How has it changed over time and what's happening with the 2020 census?

Birth Tourism: A Controversial Road to Citizenship

It's also known as "maternity tourism," and defined as travel to the U.S. for the purpose of having a child on American soil.

It Can Take More Than 20 Years to Legally Immigrate to the U.S.

The complicated U.S. immigration system, with its numerous categories and caps, can require some applicants to wait decades to become permanent legal residents.

Do You Have to Be a Genius to Get an 'Einstein Visa'?

The EB-1 visa is intended for immigrants who have extraordinary abilities or achievements. So who gets them?

Will the 2020 Census Count the LGBTQ Community?

Members of the U.S. LGBTQ community want to be counted in the 2020 Census. So what's the big deal, and why would the government not count sexual orientation?

DACA: What Happens Now?

Trump rescinds DACA. What's next for the 800,000 dreamers?

Why Do Americans Vote on a Tuesday?

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. So, should it change?

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.

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.

October 12 1999: The World Population Hits 6 Billion

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.

How Immigration Works

A U.S. soldier is about to deploy to Iraq for his third tour of duty. While he's gone, his wife may be deported to Guatemala while his son is left in limbo. What's behind immigration laws?

If a child is born on an airplane, what's his place of birth and citizenship?

Recently, a child was born on a flight from London to Boston. The plane landed in Nova Scotia. How do you determine which country the child is an official citizen of? Find out in this article.

Do the digits in my social security number represent anything in particular?

Do the digits in my social security number represent anything in particular, or is it just a random number? Do they recycle social security numbers so that if someone dies, that number goes back into action?

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

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

What Happens If I Don't Fill Out My Census Form?

On my census form it says, 'Your response is required by law.' What happens to me if I don't fill it out? Will anyone even notice?