Q: Do I qualify for a US passport and am I already a citizen?
I moved to the USA 12 years ago (when I was 12), and when my father became a citizen ( I was 15 at the time) he applied to adjust my status and I became a resident. I received my green card 5 days before my 18th birthday. I have been trying to understand, but I have read that I already became a citizen because of my father and therefore should only apply for a US Passport, even though I am older now, to prove I am a citizen.
I was 12 years old when I came to the United States on February 24, 2004. I reside under the custody of my father until I was 21 (like most people).
I would really appreciate your help. If you are unable to answer my question, please point me in the appropriate direction. I look forward to your response. Have a nice a day.
If you are still maintaining your green card you will be able to apply for naturalization. Having a US citizen father does not immediately make you a US citizen unless you were born in the US. Talk to an immigration attorney to help you get started with the naturalization process. Many immigration attorneys including me offer free consultations, make use of the consultations and talk to an attorney soon. All the best.
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