Depending on your personal history and current situation, becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization can be a complicated process that involves much more than just passing a test. Your age, marital status, length of residence and physical presence in the U.S. can determine when and how you may acquire citizenship. In addition, factors such as prior arrests, certain negative immigration history, substantial travel abroad, or your failure to pay taxes or child support may prevent you from qualifying.
If you were not born in the United States, and one or both of your parents are already U.S. citizens, or you are a U.S. citizen parent to a child not born in the United States, you may qualify to apply for derivative citizenship. This process does not require a test as citizenship is passed down from a parent. Contrary to what most people think, the requirements for proving this type of citizenship can be very complicated and vary from case to case, so it is extremely important to have a skilled and experienced attorney to evaluate your situation and help you through the application process.
Assistance from the right immigration lawyer may help you to overcome any obstacles that could otherwise stand in your way. If you think you or your child may qualify for citizenship, call today for an appointment to determine your eligibility.