What is a US National?
What makes one be considered a US national in respects to residency status compared to a citizen.
A US national is a citizen. * SEE BELOW
And if you didn’t register for Selective Service, register. I don’t remember any recent draft that you thereby avoided.
Oh, yeah, some people would rather apply for citizenship than renew their green cards, if that is what you are thinking of. If you had been 14 when you got your green card, that would be no problem (assuming there is nothing wrong with your background.) I just am not sure about that having to re register because you turned 14 and filing for citizenship at the same time. I think it is mostly a matter of money because you shouldn’t have to pay both fees, to my mind.
“The Department of State occasionally receives requests for certificates of non-citizen national status pursuant to Section 341(b)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 USC 1452(b)(2).
As the title of the certificate indicates, only a person who qualifies as a non-citizen national (i.e. A person who is a U.S. National but not a U.S. Citizen) is eligible to apply for such a certificate.
Very few persons fall within this category since, as defined by the INA, all U.S. Citizens are U.S. Nationals but only a relatively small number of persons acquire U.S. Nationality without becoming U.S. Citizens. Thus, Section 101(a)(22) INA states that all U.S. Citizens are also nationals of the U.S. However, Section 308 INA confers U.S. Nationality but not U.S. Citizenship, on persons born in or having ties with “an outlying possession of the United States.” The outlying possessions are defined in Section 101(A)(29) INA as American Samoa and Swains Island. No other statutes define any other territories nor any of the states as outlying possessions. Those enumerated in section 308 INA as eligible for this status, in addition to those mentioned above, are those individuals born abroad to two American non-citizen national parents, or those born abroad to one alien parent and one non-citizen national parent. Also, there is a residency requirement placed upon the parents of the child prior to birth in order to transmit U.S. Nationality.
In addition to Section 308 of the INA, Section 302 of Public Law 94 – 241 provides for certain inhabitants of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, who became United States citizens by virtue of Article III of the Covenant, to opt for non-citizen national status. (See requirements of Section 302).
As the Department has received few requests, there is no justification for the creation of a non-citizen national certificate. Designing a separate document that includes anti-fraud mechanisms was seen as an inefficient expenditure of resources. Therefore, the Department determined that those who would be eligible to apply for such a certificate may apply for a United States passport that would delineate and certify their status as a national but not a citizen of the United States.
If a person believes he or she is eligible under the law as a non-citizen national of the United States and the person complies with the provisions of 8 USC 1452(b)(1) and (2), he/she may apply for a passport at any Passport Agency in the United States.. When applying, applicants must execute a Form DS-11 and show documentary proof of their non-citizen national status as well as their identity. ”
I don’t think this applies to you. However, if you become a citizen you will also be a U.S. National.
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