Citizenship Through Parents
Immigration Lawyers Helping Families Reunite in Long Island & Manhattan
There are two ways to obtain citizenship through parents, one at birth and one after birth but before the age of 18. Even if you were born abroad, you may still be eligible for "acquired" or "derived" citizenship if either parent is a U.S. citizen.
Our Manhattan and Long Island immigration attorneys at Hedayati Law Group, P.C. can help you determine if you are eligible and work closely with families throughout the process. We have experience representing a broad range of complex citizenship matters, including those involving military families, adoptive children overseas, and more. Our knowledgeable professionals understand the laws and stay on top of the latest changes in citizenship rules.
You may qualify for citizenship through your parents if:
- At least one parent is a U.S. citizen and the child was born outside of the U.S. ("acquired citizenship")
- At least one parent is a naturalized citizen and the child is under 18 years old and resides with the parent ("derived citizenship")
Laws affecting naturalization of children have changed many times throughout the years, so it is important that you verify your eligibility with an attorney. The laws will affect you depending on the date of birth and when a parent's naturalization occurred.
Proving You Are a U.S. Citizen
While U.S. citizenship is usually automatic, it is a good idea to obtain the necessary documentation of your status. If you believe that you are a U.S. citizen based on derived citizenship, you can apply for a passport or obtain citizenship certification by filing the necessary paperwork. Our immigration attorneys on Long Island and in Manhattan can assist families with each step. We can also evaluate your unique situation to determine if your children are eligible.
Contact our team today to get started with a consultation. We provide consultations at no cost.