Citizenship

Klarfeld Law Offices assist Legal Permanent Residents to acquire Citizenship through Naturalization and assists the Children of U.S. Citizens to acquire Citizenship based on the prevailing law at their time of birth.

Norman-Rockwell-on-BSA changed 2Over the years the laws regulating the acquisition of Citizenship have changed. In some cases your date of birth to a USC may indicate that you already are a U.S. Citizen– even without ever having applied for Citizenship.

According to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, a child born to a USC parent can generally acquire Citizenship in one of three ways.

If the USC parent resided in the U.S. for more than five years, at least two of which were over the age of fourteen, he or she may register a biological child with the U.S. Embassy.  After making a Report of U.S. Citizen Birth Abroad, the parent may apply for a U.S. Passport on behalf of the child.  It should be clarified that the law in this case is very specific and the child must be the biological issue of the USC Parent. Among other circumstances, Children born of surrogate mothers and/or with the aid of sperm donors will not be registered as U.S. Citizens born to a USC Parent without DNA corroborating evidence to the effect.

For children born abroad to a USC parent who does not meet the qualifying residence requirement, there are alternate methods of acquiring Citizenship under the statute.   The parent can either apply for Citizenship on behalf of the child based on the qualifying residence of a USC Grandparent or the child can enter the U.S. as a Legal Permanent Resident, in the company of the USC parent.  The Adopted Children of U.S. Citizens acquire Citizenship in this latter method.

Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) can obtain Citizenship through a Naturalization Process.  The LPR must submit an application, filing fee, and evidence to the office of the U.S. Immigration and Citizen Services, when he or she is eligible and meets the requirements under the law. The Applicant LPR will be scheduled for a Biometric examination, Civics testing, Interview and Swearing Allegiance Ceremony if he is found eligible.

 For more information on obtaining U.S. Citizenship see Naturalization

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