Re: Question about filed US Naturalization papers #general

Ira Leviton

Dear Cousins,

The U.S. law that made a woman who was not a citizen on the basis of her
husband's American citizenship was in effect only until 1922. Basically,
they automatically got their husband's citizenship status - and they could
even lose citizenship if they married a non-American! Before that, I don't
think that women were even eligible to become citizens on their own, so
there won't be any papers. But after September 22, 1922, women who were
not citizens had to be naturalized.

Men who were not citizens always had to apply for naturalization on their
own to get citizenship. They did not become citizens if they married an
American woman.

Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.

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