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My son is 13 years old and been 3 years now as a green card holder. will he become a U.S. citizen automatically on his 5th year?

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my son is a step son of my wife who is a U.S. citizen since 2008. I came in as a green card holder too together with my son way back 2010.

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No such thing. Your son will only be able to file for his Certificate of Citizenship (N-600) if he is still under 18 when you, the father, are naturalized.

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Stepchildren do not get automatic citizenship; but when you become a U.S. citizen if he is still under 18 his citizenship will be automatic..

Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
Concentrating in Immigration and Nationality Law
2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92108
phone: (619) 299-9600, facsimile: (619) 923-3277

Formerly Adjunct Professor -- Immigration law
University of Illinois College of Law


The only way for your son to become a citizen without applying for it himself is if you, the father, become a ctizen before he turns 18. Otherwise, he will have to wait until his 18th birthday to naturalize.



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