Jamaica, NY asked in Immigration Law and Gov & Administrative Law for New York

Q: Since I'm 17 and my mom just became a citizen but im turning 18 next month, does that mean I cant apply for u.s passport

or do I have to take the neutralization test

2 Lawyer Answers

Kevin L Dixler

Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: First, are you a lawful permanent resident? Second, are you studying to become a diplomat? No, just kidding! It is a "naturalization" test. In general, if you were lawfully admitted/adjusted as a lawful permanent resident 'before' your 18th Birthday 'and' your mother became a Citizen 'before' your 18th Birthday, then you should derive Citizenship. Therefore, there is no need to file for naturalization and take the tests. However, you must file form N-600, not N-400, and must provide evidence that you derived Citizenship.

Sometimes, which evidence proves helpful to USCIS can cause complications, delays and referral for interview. As a result, I strongly recommend an appointment and consider hiring a competent and experienced immigration attorney to avoid complications.

The above is general information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.

Kevin L Dixler

Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: Note, that you can try to file for a U. S. Passport, but the Passport Office may delay action until it has time to review the documentation. This means that if you have time, file and resolve the N-600 matter, first.

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