Land Ownership and Naturalization?

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sacesta
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Land Ownership and Naturalization?

Postby sacesta » 17 May 2016, 20:17

Would it have been, or is it now, possible for a non-citizen to own land in the United States?

I'm wondering if this is the case for one of my great grandfathers.

Steve
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Surnames Aceste, Papa, Cusenza, Gruppuso, Sciortino, Sparacino, Zito, and Vona.

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Re: Land Ownership and Naturalization?

Postby kencwalker » 17 May 2016, 22:54

There's no requirement to be a citizen to own property in the US.
In fact, lots of non-citizens buy property here as a safe haven.
That said, there may have been citizenship requirements for the early homesteading opportunities (that precedes my family's migration to the US).
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Re: Land Ownership and Naturalization?

Postby erudita74 » 18 May 2016, 00:59

sacesta wrote:Would it have been, or is it now, possible for a non-citizen to own land in the United States?

I'm wondering if this is the case for one of my great grandfathers.

Steve


Steve
In 1930, my husband's maternal grandfather owned a house in the Bronx, NY, but he had alien status at the time and did not naturalize until 1939. My paternal grandfather also owned a home in the Bronx by 1930 but did not naturalize until 1938. So, yes, it was and is possible for a non-citizen to own land in the U.S. There were, however, alien land laws that were passed in various states throughout the years-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_land_laws

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Re: Land Ownership and Naturalization?

Postby sacesta » 18 May 2016, 04:54

Thank you both! I was curious because I have not been able to find naturalization documents for my paternal grandmother's father. He came to New York in 1902 and owned a six-family apartment building in Brooklyn.

So, it's possible he may not have naturalized.

Steve
Steve Acesta

Researching Calatafimi, Trapani
Surnames Aceste, Papa, Cusenza, Gruppuso, Sciortino, Sparacino, Zito, and Vona.

Researching Montevago, Agrigento (Girgenti)
Surnames Infranco, La Rocca, Mandina, Bilello, Cacioppo, and Cardino.


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