I was born in the Philippines in 1984 and adopted by US Citizens shortly after. At the age of 2, I immigrated to the US and have been here ever since. Because my parents are citizens, I was under the impression that I acquired citizenship through them. However, I recently applied for a US passport and the agency requested documentation of a green card, but I have never had one. It turns out my parents never applied for a green card for me. Since I do not have a green card or LPR status with the USCIS, I cannot claim citizenship through my adopted parents, even though I have all other paperwork: adoption decree, amended birth record, SSN, etc. My question now is where do I start in order to become documented? Do I have to get a green card first, then get naturalized? Please help!
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