Client was US citizen but never knew it

Cynthia A. Irvine

Case Conclusion Date:May 4, 2009

Practice Area:Immigration

Outcome:Obtained client's U.S. Citizenship Certificate

Description:Client was from Mexico and had entered the United States illegally many years ago. Her father was a U.S. citizen, former military veteran, who had lived in the U.S. his entire life. Her mother was from Mexico but lived in the US with him with a green card. Client's father died while her mother was pregnant with her. Her mother returned to Mexico where she was born and lived for many years. Client later came to the U.S. illegally and wanted to legalize her status. Upon reviewing her case we were able to determine that she had in fact acquired US citizenship automatically upon her birth. However we had to prove that her father had lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years before her birth. Since he died in the 1970s, this was difficult. We were able to obtain military records, birth records of siblings and many other forms of documentation. However, after submitting the U.S. citizenship application with USCIS, they still requested more proof. Although his old employment records had been destroyed, we were able to find some old supervisors and obtain sworn declarations from them. The application was finally approved and after living 30 years she was finally able to obtain proof that she was a U.S. citizen.