The most common scenario for obtaining U.S. citizenship involves a lawful permanent resident filing an Application for Naturalization with USCIS, resulting in a naturalization interview and oath ceremony at which the person is sworn in and receives a certificate of naturalization. There are a number of relevant considerations, discussed below, all of which are covered in the consulting process.
Aside from applying for naturalization as a lawful permanent resident, a person born abroad may have “acquired” or “derived” U.S. citizenship in limited circumstances. Considerations include the laws in effect during the relevant time period, the relationship between the child and parents, when the parent or parents resided in the U.S., among others. We have successfully assisted clients ing these circumstances, and we assess eligibility for acquired or derived citizenship during our consulting process