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Naturalization is the process by which an alien becomes an American citizen. It is a voluntary act; naturalization is not required.   Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship. Often petitioners went to the court most geographically convenient for them. As a… (Show more)
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Click to view contentWhat is an A-File? The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began issuing aliens an Alien Registration number in 1940, and on April 1, 1944, began using this number to create individual case files, called Alien Files or A-Files. A-Files contain all records of any active case of an alien not yet naturalized as they passed through the United… (Show more)
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