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Can a genealogy test get you citizenship if it finds old relatives?

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i.e. it finds you are related to someone who came to the US 100 years ago however you are currently a GB citizen. is it enough evidence to prove pass down of citizenship?

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No ... 100 years is too many generations 'back'.

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No this is not acceptable evidence to prove US citizenship. There are many requirements to prove citizenship in the US. Look at the USCIS website.

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Perhaps. The following legal guide may answer some of your questions.

Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


you can ask a local immigration lawyer, but your concept, with 100 years back, sees]ms long


Being related (distantly or not) to someone who is (or was) a U.S. Citizen does not give you citizenship.

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