United States Statutes at Large/Volume 4/18th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 186

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May 26, 1824.
Chap. CLXXXVI.—An Act in further addition to “An act to establish an uniform rule of Naturalization, and to repeal the acts heretofore passed on that subject.”[1]

Act of March 26, 1790, ch. 3.
Conditions on which an alien being a free white person and a minor, may become a citizen of the United States.
Proviso.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any alien, being a free white person and a minor, under the age of twenty-one years, who shall have resided in the United States three years next preceding his arriving at the age of twenty-one years, and who shall have continued to reside therein to the time he may make application to be admitted a citizen thereof, may, after he arrives at the age of twenty-one years, and after he shall have resided five years within the United States, including the three years of his minority, be admitted a citizen of the United States, without having made the declaration required in the first condition of the first section of the act to which this is an addition, three years previous to his admission: Provided, Such alien shall make the declaration required therein at the time of his or her admission; and shall further declare, on oath, and prove to the satisfaction of the court, that, for three years next preceding, it has been the bona fide intention of such alien to become a citizen of the United States; and shall, in all other respects, comply with the laws in regard to naturalization.

No certificate of citizenship or naturalization heretofore obtained from any court to be deemed invalid.
1816, ch. 32.
Declaration required by the first section of the former act to be valid on certain conditions.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That no certificates of citizenship, or naturalization, heretofore obtained from any court of record within the United States, shall be deemed invalid, in consequence of an omission to comply with the requisition of the first section of the act, entitled “An act relative to evidence in cases of naturalization,” passed the twenty-second day of March, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the declaration required by the first condition specified in the first section of the act, to which this is in addition, shall, if the same has been bona fide made before the clerks of either of the courts in the said condition named, be as valid as if it had been made before the said courts, respectively.

A declaration of intention made two years before his admission shall be sufficient.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That a declaration by any alien, being a free white person, of his intended application to be admitted a citizen of the United States, made in the manner and form prescribed in the first condition specified in the first section of the act to which this is in addition, two years before his admission, shall be a sufficient compliance with said condition; any thing in the said act, or in any subsequent act, to the contrary notwithstanding.

Approved, May 26, 1824.


  1. See notes of the acts of naturalization, vol. i. 103.