San Jose, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: My mom was naturalized when I was 16. I'm now 18. Can I derive my citizenship from her using the N-600 form?

My sister, who was 18 at the time my mom was being naturalized, got her citizenship through my mom. I wasn't able to because I couldn't get in touch with my separated dad as I was a minor and needed permission from both parents. Now that I'm 18 (I'm a permanent resident), do I fill out the N-600 form to get my citizenship or I have to do it a different way? Thanks!

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Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI

A: You can only file N-600 BEFORE you turn 18. Now that you are 18 you will have to file form N-400/Naturalization based on your permanent residency. USCIS has a very nice guide re: applying for naturalization. BUT I recommend you do a consultation with an experienced Naturalization attorney to make sure that you qualify for naturalization and do not "shoot yourself in the foot" by applying. Best wishes!

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Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: Yes. You are a United States citizen. Apply for your certificate by filing the N-600.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
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  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Reviewing the two conflicting answers, I would suggest that you should hire an immigration specialist to handle this for you in the most efficient way. Immigration law= quagmire of red tape.

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Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: You became a citizen at the moment your mother did, since you were under the age of 18 at the time. You file the form N-600 simply to get a record of that fact.

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