Daytona Beach Immigration Law Attorney
Family Naturalization and Citizenship
Under U.S. immigration law, naturalization is the process where U.S. citizenship
is granted to a foreign citizen. A
Daytona Beach immigration lawyer will be able to clarify the process, as well as make it as simple as possible
for you or your loved one.
When U.S. citizens wish to bring their family members to the United States,
their relatives generally get priority when petitioning to bring them
permanently to the U.S. What’s more, when a child of a U.S. citizen
is born abroad, the child born abroad is an automatic U.S. citizen under
Applying for Naturalization
To apply for naturalization, you must file Form N-400, Application for
Naturalization. Once the application has been filed, you will have to
attend a very important interview. If you wish to apply for citizenship
for a child who is under the age of 18, you must use the Form N-600 or
the Form N-600K. You will have to take a test on English, U.S. history,
as well as civics. In order to qualify for naturalization one of the following
has to be met:
- You have been a permanent resident for at least five years and met all
the other eligibility requirements.
- You may file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen if you have been a permanent
resident for three years or more and have met all the eligibility requirements.
- Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are the U.S. citizen but
your child was born outside of the U.S., the child is currently living
outside of the U.S. but all of their eligibility requirements have been met
For a child that is permanently residing in America to become a U.S. citizen,
the following requirements must be met:
- The child must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
- Either parent must have been a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization;
- The child must be under 18 years old;
- The child must be unmarried;
- The child must be the parent’s legitimate child before their 16th birthday;
- If adopted, they must have met the requirements by the (INA);
- The child must be residing in the U.S. in the legal custody of the U.S.
citizen parent; and
- The child must have been residing in the U.S. in the physical custody of
the U.S. citizen parent.
If the child meets all the requirements, the child may obtain a U.S. passport
as evidence of citizenship.
Daytona Beach Family Immigration Attorney
If you are at least 18 years old, the residency requirement is 5 years.
If you are currently married to and living with a U.S. citizen and, have
been married to them for at least 3 years, then the continuous residency
requirement is 3 years. To learn more about the family naturalization
and citizenship, contact a Daytona Beach immigration law attorney from
Buckmaster & Ellzey. We are here to assist you through the family naturalization
process, as we streamline your efforts towards citizenship. Having an
attorney during this critical period can help you save valuable time by
making sure that all protocol is properly followed from start to finish.
Contact a Daytona Beach immigration lawyer from the firm to discuss your family naturalization matter.