Naturalization Act of 1795

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Naturalization Act of 1795

Five years later, on January 29, 1795, another Naturalization Act was enacted in place of the Naturalization Act of 1790. Basically, the new Act still restricted citizenship to “free white person”. Notably, the law raised the residency requirement to five years. Then, immigrants intending to naturalize had to go to their local court and declare their intention at least three years prior to their formal application. There are some differences between the 1975 Act and the 1790 Act. Firstly, the period of required residence increased from two to five years in the United States. Secondly, the state of residence changed from one to two years. Thirdly, in this law, two step naturalization processes needed to be made. In addition to the declaration of intention and oath of renunciation, the 1795 Act required all naturalized persons to be "attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States" and be "well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same” (The Naturalization Act 1795, n.d.).

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