DERIVATIVE CITIZENSHIP FOR LPR CHILDREN OF U.S. CITIZENS
If you are a U.S. citizen and have children under the age of eighteen years old living in the United States who are Lawful
Permanent Residents (LPR) living in your legal and physical custody, they may be able to derive U.S. citizenship from you.
If approved by USCIS, your child would receive a Certificate of Citizenship.
STEP 1: Determine Whether Your Child(ren) Meet the Basic Eligibility Criteria
Parent or adoptive parent who is a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization);
Child who is under 18 years of age; Child who has LPR status; and
Child is in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent
STEP 2: Gather the Required Evidence
Birth certificate or adoption documents showing the claimed parent-child relationship;
Proof of U.S. citizenship for the parent;
Proof of LPR status for the child;
Proof of entry into the United States for the child;
Proof that the child is in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent; and
Proof of physical presence in the United States for the U.S. citizen parent
STEP 3: Meet an Immigration Attorney to Discuss Your Case
If you think your children meet the eligibility criteria to obtain derivative U.S. citizenship from you, or if you have any other questions, we encourage you to reach out to our office at Powers Immigration Law at (704) 556-1156.
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