How to Become a United States Citizen?
There are two ways to become a citizen of the United States. You can become a citizen at birth, or become a citizen after birth through the naturalization process.
To become a citizen at birth, you must have been born in the United States or in a territory that is under U.S. jurisdiction. If you have at least one parent who was a citizen at the time of your birth and meet certain other requirements, you are eligible to become a citizen at birth. If you were not born a U.S. citizen, then you must go through the naturalization process with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the USCIS, has defined many different types of temporary and permanent visas, including five different levels of permanent, “employment-based” visas. The EB-5 category was created by the U.S. Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a pilot immigration program first enacted in 1992 and regularly reauthorized since, certain EB-5 visas are set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.
Foreign investors who obtain permanent residency through the EB-5 visa program have the option to apply for U.S. citizenship 90 days prior to the five year anniversary of receipt of their conditional resident status.