I came for he US with my father at age 7, we have permanent resident cards but my father does not want to become a citizen. I would really like my citizenship so I can travel more easily, and for college scholarships and grants. I’m 16 now and looking for a way to do this without my father having to become a citizen.
You have to wait until you become 18 years old. You can then apply for Naturalization independently of any family member.
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I agree with my colleague. You will need to wait until you are 18 to file on your own.
I have 33 years experience and practice immigration law only. My answer to your question is general in nature and not to be construed as legal advise or as establishing an attorney-client relationship. For additional discussion regarding your personal situation a scheduled consultation is required.
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