Is my German born husband a US citizen? After 52 yrs. does he still have to naturalize?

My husband was born in Germany in 1958 to a German mother and absent American soldier.In 1961 he and his mother came to America on a green card where she married his American soldier step father. His step father did not file nor renew any paperwork for their citizenship. He was never legally adopted although he took his step dad's name for school and uses that name for all legal purposes. In 1979 my husband joined the US Army and served 6 yrs. We married in 1984. He does still have a green card from 1961, he has a SS card,he pays taxes and has lived here 52 yrs. Does any of this make him a citizen? Will he still have to Naturalize?

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Giacomo Jacques Behar

Giacomo Jacques Behar

Immigration Attorney - San Diego, CA
Answered

Your husband is a US citizen. Hire an immigration lawyer help you fill out an N-600 and come up with the necessary proof to be proved with it.

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Alexander Joseph Segal

Alexander Joseph Segal

Immigration Attorney - New York, NY
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I concur with my colleagues.

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Stephen D. Berman

Stephen D. Berman

Immigration Attorney - Chicago, IL
Answered

If his father was not married to his mother, he is not a derivative US citizen from the father. If his mother did not naturalize before he turned 18, he is not a US citizen from her either, so he would have to file to naturalize.

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Dhenu Mitesh Savla

Dhenu Mitesh Savla

Immigration Attorney - Chicago, IL
Answered

As you can see, different attorneys have guessed differently. What you must realize is that citizenship is actually a complex topic. It does require research. Immigration and Naturalization and Citizenship laws have changed a number of times since your husband entered the US and are dependent on various dates and calculations. I would agree that you should hire an attorney to help answer this question and file the appropriate paperwork.

Dhenu Savla, Esq.
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F. J. Capriotti III

F. J. Capriotti III

Immigration Attorney - Portland, OR
Answered

If he can prove that the first soldier is his blood-father, and that that father spent the required amount of time in the US prior to his birth ... then he is a US citizen and can file an N-600 to get proof.

This may require getting documents from the birth father's military and education files. Are they in contact?

Hiring a lawyer and, possibly a private detective, may be a wise thing to do.

Otherwise, naturalization might be the easiest way to go.

PS Spending lots of time in the US and paying taxes is irrelevant.

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Danny Garmo

Danny Garmo

Immigration Attorney - Southfield, MI
Answered

You must check the Nationality Chart for Citizenship. If he qualifies as an automatic citizen then he cannot file for N-400 since he is already a citizen. You cannot naturalize someone if they are already a citizen (i.e. automatic citizen). Hire an experienced immigration lawyer to help you.

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