Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship


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Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship

A great deal of individuals in the US that mistakenly believe they are Permanent Residents are actually US citizens. In fact, every year a number of these individuals are deported because they were unaware of their US citizen status. By operation of law, certain individuals that were previously admitted as lawful permanent residents may become US citizens automatically if one or both of their parents naturalize.

The law has changed several times over the years. The current law is governed by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. Under this Act, certain Permanent Residents automatically become citizens if they resided in the physical custody of at least one parent was or became a US citizen and if they were under age 18 on or after February 27, 2001.

For those who were older than age 18 on February 27, 2001, the same requirements apply with the additional requirement that both parents become citizens, either through birth or naturalization. However, there are certain exceptions for children born out of wedlock, if one of the parents passes away or if the naturalizing parent has sole custody pursuant to a legal separation.


Why Choose McGregor & Oblad

The Department of Homeland Security is not going to verify on their own whether an alien is actually a citizen, so it is important that you or your loved one consult an immigration attorney if you believe this to be the case. McGregor & Oblad, PLLC has helped many clients, including clients in deportation proceedings, to prove to the government that they previously became a citizen through their parents.

Our attorneys will first help you determine if you automatically acquired citizenship either at birth or later through one or both parents' naturalization. We will then prepare for you the strongest case possible to demonstrate that you are in fact a US citizen. A good immigration lawyer knows the law, understands the legal process and relates to the client in order to provide the best service possible. Our attorneys will help you assess your options so you can know the best course of action in your individual case.


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