ERC: Genealogy and Family History: Records
WOMEN AND U.S. NATURALIZATION LAW
REPATRIATION ACT OF 1936
After 2 Mar
1907, any woman who was born in the United States and married
an alien assumed the nationality of their husband, thus losing
her U.S. citizenship. If this woman's husband subsequently
became a U.S. citizen, she regained her U.S. citizenship
(except if she had married someone whose race made her
ineligible for repatriation).
However, there were men who couldn't or didn't naturalize for
one reason or another, and thus their wives would have to
retain the nationality of their husband.
The form shown below was generally used by a woman, born and
living in the United States, who had assumed the nationality
of her "alien" husband when she married him and lost her own
United States citizenship in the process, and who subsequently
wanted to gain back her U.S. citizenship back at a later date.
form is for use under the Act of June 25, 1936, as
amended by the Act of July 2, 1940 (Public No. 704--76th
Congress), by a woman residing within or under the
jurisdiction of the United States, who was a native-born
citizen of the United States and who has, or is believed
to have, lost United States citizenship solely by reason
of marriage prior to September 22, 1922,
to an alien, and whose marital status with such alien
has terminated, or who has resided continuously in the
United States since the date of such marriage..."
___ Court at ___ Before ___, J., presiding.
I, (Give full name), was born at (City or
town, and State) on (Month, day, and year),
and was married (Month, day, and year) to ___
then an alien, a citizen or subject of ___.
I lost, or believe that I lost, United States
citizenship solely by reason of such marriage. My
marital status with such alien has not been terminated
(or, was terminated on) (State by what means marital
status with alien terminated.)
I have resided continuously in the United States since
The following available documents which support the
foregoing facts are herewith exhibited by me:
1. Baptism record (not a Jew!)
2. Certificate of marriage
I hereby apply to take the oath of allegiance as
prescribed in section 4 of the Act of June 29, 1906 (34
Stat. 596; U. S. C., t. 8, sec. 106), to become
repatriated and obtain the rights of a citizen of the
Signature of applicant
This form ends with the Oath of Allegiance.
U.S. Department of Justice
Immigration and Naturalization Service
"APPLICATION TO TAKE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED
STATES UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 25, 1936, AS AMENDED, AND FORM OF SUCH