Q: My mom got naturalized before my 18th but I was overseas ?
My mom got naturalized before my 18th but I was overseas ?
If she naturalized after your birth, then you must be lawfully admitted as a lawful permanent resident before your eighteenth birthday to derive citizenship through her. Normally, citizenship is derived at birth, but there is an exception for lawful permanent resident children admitted into the U.S. under the age of 18 years old.
There may be quite a few reasons why this happened, but this unclear. As a result, she must decide when and whether to petition you for lawful permanent resident status. If you are over 21 years old, and unmarried, then you will be subject to the Congressionally mandated and restrictive quotas for first preference beneficiaries sponsored by their U.S. citizen parents. You may also be subject to other grounds of inadmissibility detailed within the Immigration and Nationality Act. Your family ought to hire a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any complications.
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