Can an adult ( 21 ) PR in California who was adopted in Belize when he was 6 by US citizens get his citizenship through them

He was adopted by his grandparents (grandfather us citizen by birth, grandmother by marriage) in 1997. Brought here in 2003 and went into foster care in 2005. He is unable to locate them now. I would like to support him getting citizenship but we are unsure if he, due to being adopted before age 16, is entitled to it through them. I will be adopting him as an adult anyway, but would like to make sure if anything happens to me he is taken care of.

San Bernardino, CA -

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Carl Michael Shusterman

Carl Michael Shusterman

Immigration Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

Citizenship or permanent residence?

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J Charles Ferrari

J Charles Ferrari

Immigration Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

Please see the answer to your other question.

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Morgan Laine Place

Morgan Laine Place

Immigration Attorney - Upland, CA
Answered

From your question, a few things are unclear. Is he already a legal permanent resident? if so, for how long? If he is already an LPR, he may be eligible to naturalize (become a citizen).

His situation is curious though. I'd suggest his sit down with an immigration attorney, or schedule a phone consultation, so that he can fully explain his current circumstances and his goals. Many attorneys, myself included, offer a free consultation. It's a good way to get a better understanding of what to expect. Good luck.

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