West Orange, NJ asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey

Q: N400 or N600 as the child of a USC who came to the US at age 20 with Resident Card category IR2?

I was Born in 1997 in Haiti. I came to the US 2017 while I was 20 years old on a Green Card category IR2. My mother is a Haitian citizen and still living in Haiti with no tight to the US as for my father, he became a USC in 2010 while I was 13 years old. Now I am caught between the rock and a hard place by not knowing which form I should use between the N400 or N600.

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Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: If you were admitted into the U.S., as a green card holder, at the age of 20 years, then you cannot derive citizenship through your father. That means that you should consider whether to file a form N-400. This, after you have five years of uninterrupted lawful permanent resident status. Still, there are many other reasons to disqualify applicants, even reasons to deport them. Many reasons to deny or deport do not require a criminal conviction.

As a result, I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any other complications.

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