citizenship

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  1. navy2016

    navy2016 Member

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    Here is my scenario, am I a citizen or not?:

    BOTH of my parents became naturalized citizens this past August. We have sent in the paperwork and the fee for me to become a citizen based on my parent's current status. I have been waiting ever since......................

    Actually there were 2 updates:
    1. I received a letter a few weeks later(mid September) informing me that they have received my paperwork.
    2. My sister had to stop by the immigration office in Charleston, SC a few weeks ago (Thanksgiving break) and asked about my status. They said they somehow mishandled my paperwork and corrected it but I was still in the process.

    Also, I am 16.
    On USAFA SS application I put yes because it asked whether I was going to be a citizen by the first week of SS.

    My parents have friends in the same situation who's children received their citizenship about a month or two later

    I posted in this forum because it seems to be the most active.
     
  2. freedomtruck

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    If you are applying for naturalization as a dependent to your parents, you will have been a citizen at the time of your parents' naturalization (August).

    I was "naturalized" last March as a dependent to my Father, who was naturalized Nov. 2006. On my certificate of citizenship/naturalization (N-550, N-570), it states "...that (s)he is now a citizen of the United States of America, become a citizen of thereof on November xx, 2006:"

    I suppose that this means even though I signed and received my certificate months later (I applied for naturalization a year ahead), I was officially a citizen at the same time as my father (because I was a dependent).
     
  3. navy2016

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    Thanks

    By your user name, I am assuming you are either of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.
     
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  4. freedomtruck

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    I am Chinese.
     
  5. jassen2

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    freedomtruck is right. You are now a citizen by virtue of 'derivative citizenship'. As long as you are 18 or below and a permanent resident, you become a citizen once either your father or mother becomes a citizen.

    You don't even need to file for a certificate of naturalization. All you need to do is file for a US passport using one or both of your parent's naturalization certificate and your birth certificate. You can then use your US passport as proof of citizenship. A certificate of naturalization is just nice to have, albeit an expensive one.

    This is what my son did one year before becoming a cadet at USAFA.
     
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