Hello, i never lived in the us,can i claim us citizenship if my father was naturalized citizen before i was 18?

Asked over 2 years ago - Scranton, PA

hello i'm italian my father got is citizenship in 1963/64 and my sister too, i was born in 1952, at the date of my birth my grandfather and my grandmother were already us citizen. Me and my mother (she passed away)we never lived there, can i and my family claim us citizenship?
thank u
P:S sorry for my english..

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  1. Kevin Lawrence Dixler

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    Answered . No. You were born after your father naturalized, so this is not possible. However, if still alive, your father or sister may choose to petition you for lawful permanent resident status.

    This is general information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.
  2. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . Ciao paisano,

    Maybe, just maybe, you might be a US Citizen. But, probably not.

    We would need to check the law and go over your facts in more detail ... such as where were you when he naturalized? Did he have sole custody of you when he naturalized? etc.

    Non che problema with your Engish. I understood completely.

    Ciao for now, Franco

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  3. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . No

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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