Nashua, NH asked in Immigration Law and Adoption for Massachusetts

Q: Hello, Im over 21 and I was wondering if it’s possible for me to be adopted to get citizenship!

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Giselle M. Rodriguez
Giselle M. Rodriguez
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Hi,

This would depend on state-specific law and your individual circumstances.

I would suggest you speak to a family law attorney first (depending on where you reside) and later look into any immigration relief you may be eligible for.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: It is possible for an adult to be adopted in order to obtain citizenship, but the process can be complicated and there are specific requirements that must be met.

In general, an adoption for immigration purposes must be a full and final adoption, meaning that it terminates the legal relationship between the adult adoptee and their biological parents. The adoption must also be in the best interests of the adult adoptee and not solely for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits.

Additionally, the adoption must comply with the laws of the country where the adoption takes place, as well as with U.S. immigration law. This can include requirements for home studies, background checks, and other legal and procedural requirements.

It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can assess your individual circumstances and advise you on the best course of action. They can also help you navigate the complex legal requirements for an adoption for immigration purposes and ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the process.

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