Santa Fe, NM asked in Immigration Law for New Mexico

Q: Should I apply for naturalization if my mom is applying already when i am under 18 on the application date.

I and my mom are having green card and she would be applying for naturalization in April 2019 and I would be turning 18 in May 2019. Do I have to apply for a separate N-400 form in June i.e. right after I turn 18 or is there a different process in my case to become naturalized or am i eligible for applying directly for derived citizenship?

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Kelli Y Allen

  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC

A: If your mom becomes a naturalized citizen before you turn 18, you will likely derive citizenship from her and would file an N-600. However, if her application is still pending when you turn 18, you will not be eligible for derived citizenship and would need to file your own N-400.

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Allen C. Ladd

  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Greenville, SC

A: You won't be eligible to acquire citizenship when your mother becomes a naturalized citizen, because you will be 18 already. You must apply on your own.

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