Chronological List of MajorUnited States Laws Relating to Immigration and Naturalization, 1790 - 2005
This chronological list of immigration laws provides links to the full text of selected laws in the U.S. Statutes at Large. Statutes at Large is the official compilation of the the laws passed in each session of Congress arranged in chronological order. The legal citation of a Statute at Large (Stat.) includes the volume and page number in Statutes at Large. (e.g., 110 Stat. 3009)
1 Stat. 103 - March 26, 1790
Established the rules for naturalized citizenship, as per Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, but placed no restrictions on immigration. Citizenship was limited to white persons, with no other restriction on non-whites.
1 Stat. 414 - January 29, 1795
Free white aliens of good moral character; five-year residency with one year in state; declaration of intention filed after two years; petition filed three years after declaration.
34 Stat. 596 - June 29, 1906
An Act to establish a Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, and to provide for a uniform rule for the naturalization of aliens throughout the United States. English language requirement added.
40 Stat. 1012 - October 16, 1918
An Act to exclude and expel from the United States aliens who are members of the anarchistic and similar classes. Expanded on the provisions of the Anarchist Exclusion Act.
104 Stat. 4978 - November 29, 1990
An Act To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to change the level, and preference system for admission, of immigrants to the United States, and to provide for administrative naturalization, and for other purposes.