An individual may be U.S. Citizen based on their parents being a U.S. Citizen when they are born, they can derive citizenship from their parents becoming U.S. Citizens while the individual is a child, or an they can apply to become a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization.
The lawyers at Chapman Law Firm can help you navigate through the U.S. Immigration system and apply for Citizenship.
Acquiring U.S. Citizenship
Acquiring U.S. Citizenship through ones parents can be a very complicated analysis. There are many facts that must be reviewed to determine whether an individual has acquired U.S. Citizenship through their parents.
There are two basic ways a person can acquire U.S. Citizenship through their parents:
1) At birth; or
2) After the child is born, but prior to the child turning 18 years old.
If your parents were U.S. Citizens when you were born, or became U.S. Citizens prior to your 18th birthday, please contact us where we can help you determine whether you may also be a U.S. Citizen.
An individual may be eligible to apply for Naturalization if her or she meets the following requirements:
1) Has been a Lawful Permanent Resident for 5 years, or a Lawful Permanent Resident for 3 years and obtained his or status through his or her U.S. Citizen Spouse;
2) Continuously resided in the United States for 5 years (or three years) immediately prior to filing the Naturalization Application;
3) Been physically present more than half of the time during those 5 years (or three years);
4) Have been living in the same state (or USCIS District) for the last 90 days; and
5) Is a person of a Good Moral Character.
If you think you meet these elements, please contact us to schedule a consult where we can discuss your eligibility to file your Naturalization application.