second papers

noun
(before 1952) an official petition for naturalization by a resident alien desiring to become a U.S. citizen, filed two years after his or her first papers and upon having lived in the U.S. for five years.


Origin:
1910–15, Americanism

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He was challenged on the ground that he was not a citizen-not having taken out his second papers.
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