Bronx, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: Took my citizenship exam in March due to covid-19 I haven’t been able to do my oath ceremony I have a 17 year old

That turn 18 in September if I get my citizenship number let’s say I file for her citizenship on July i Heard the process takes 4 months but what if I filed before she turns 18 and then during the process she turns 18 will she get denied

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Osarumwense Iyamu
Osarumwense Iyamu
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Ocala, FL
  • Licensed in New York

A: The age requirement for filing for US citizenship through naturalization is 18 years. Your daughter must be 18 years at the time she files the application with USCIS. Filing the application before she turns 18 will lead to a denial and a waste of time and money. That been said, if you are lucky to have your oath ceremony completed before September when she turns 18, she may acquire citizenship automatically through you by operation of law if she qualifies.

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