My mom became a us citizen before I turned 18. Does that make me a US citizen automatically?
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You may have become a U.S. citizen if at any point you met all of the requirements: you were under 18, you were a permanent resident, your mother was a U.S. citizen, and you were in your mother's legal and physical custody.
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If you haven't already done so, one of the better pieces of citizenship evidence is a passport, so you might wish to apply for one, just to make sure. There is also a procedure available to obtain a certificate of naturalization for recognition as a U.S. citizen by a foreign country, using form N-565, if you want verification that all is well with your citizenship for future travel in a foreign country.
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Yes, provided your prior status at that time you mother naturalized was LPR before you turned 18.
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If you were in the US as a permanent resident, yes. If not, no.
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