My mother became a naturalized American Citizen before I was 18. I'm now 29, under Act 322 I was told by a service member of USCIS that I was able to apply for citizenship through my biological mother. I have been a permanent resident since 1995. She has lived legally in the US as a green card holder since '69 and became a US citizen in the late 90s, I however was born outside the US in Costa Rica in84. Under Act 322 passed in 2001 by the US government it seems I can still apply, I was asked various questions about the matter by the agent and was told I fall under the requirements. The agent said I could easily apply for the N-600 form
(Citizenship certificate) or directly apply for a US passport. I have documents necessary to prove my legal status and mothers citizenship. What can I do?
If you were in the US in valid status when your mother naturalized, your options are to file an N-600, or to apply for a passport.
The Court of Appeals for the Eigth Circuit has stated that "immigration laws and precedents are complex."
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.
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When your mother became a citizen of the US, you acquired derivative citizenship through her. Therefore, you can apply for either a Citizenship Certificate and/or a US passport. They each have different benefits and prove that you are a US citizen. However, sometimes when you apply for the passport without the naturalization certificate the Department of State might ask that you submit yourself to a DNA test for parentage purposes. I suggest you consult an attorney, you may find one by visiting www.aila.org
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It is best to file for both the certificate of Citizenship with form N-600 and the U. S. Passport. The law went into effect in 2001. This means that if you were 18 on a date specific in February of 2001, then you can derive Citizenship from one parent if you were lawfully admitted as a permanent resident before you 18th birthday.
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You may wish to have an attorney review your documents to make sure that everything is in order. Competent immigration attorneys can be found through the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I have provided below a link from AILA that you may find useful in looking for an attorney. I have also provided below a link to Form N-600 and its instructions. You may wish to review carefully what is in the instructions or, as I suggested, have an attorney review your case just to make sure that everything is in good order.
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it would be wise to apply for citizenship if you are eligible for it. There are multiple provisions for child citizenship. Contact an experience immigration attorney if you need help with this. Best Wishes!
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Apply for a US passport as a derivative of your mother's citizenship.
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