Most individuals become United States citizens either through birth in the U.S., birth abroad to parents who are U.S. citizens, or a process called naturalization. Citizenship gives someone in the U.S. all of the rights that this country has to offer. For instance, a U.S. citizen has the right to:
To become a citizen in this country, you must first have lawful permanent residence in the U.S. with a green card. You must also meet additional requirements. Our firm’s experienced Colorado citizenship lawyers can help ensure you meet these requirements and guide you in this exciting yet challenging process. There are several ways one can attain citizenship in the United States.
People born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship at birth. Only a few exceptions exist for people born on foreign vessels in U.S. waters or foreign heads of state.
Many individuals born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents can also become citizens at birth. Rules and regulations for automatic citizenship for those born abroad are incredibly complex and often vary. We invite you to speak with our Colorado citizenship attorneys about your potential eligibility for automatic citizenship.
Everyone applying for citizenship through naturalization is required to be at least 18 years of age and:
Some people aren’t eligible for citizenship even if they meet all of the above requirements, such as those with past or present specific ideological beliefs and people who have deserted the U.S. military. An individual with certain criminal convictions may not be eligible to receive citizenship through the naturalization process.
Through the naturalization of one or both parents, children born outside of the United States can still derive citizenship when at least one parent is naturalized.
A child may derive their citizenship if all of the following apply:
If you have questions about your citizenship, becoming a U.S. citizen, or another immigration question or concern, turn to the Colorado citizenship lawyers at Joseph & Hall P.C. Since these are crucial matters with very specific answers. In that case, it’s essential that you talk to attorneys who specialize in this area of the law. Contact us today to schedule your private consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve your citizenship goals.
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