Acquiring US citizenship may be possible by one of two ways: jus soli, by birth; or jus sanguinis, by naturalization (descent from their parents).
US citizenship is not passed directly from a grandparent to their grandchildren. But the simpler way is for the parents of the grandchildren to immigrate. Then the parents can petition for the immigration of their children.
Can You Become a US CItizen Through Your Grandparents?
For someone born outside of the US, if they have grandparents who lived in the US, it is possible for them to acquire citizenship because their parents can acquire the citizenship and it can be passed on to their offspring.
The Immigration and Naturalization Act details that any children born outside of the US are automatically US citizens if one of their parents is already a US Citizen. However, there are some exemptions to this provision.
One is that the parent must be a US citizen and should have lived in the country for five years or more. Within the required five years, the person should be at least 14 years old.
How to Become a US Citizen Through Your Grandparents?
If a child fails to meet the requirements of getting a US citizenship, there are ways a grandparent can help in the process. One way is that they should be the grandchild of a US citizen who obtained their citizenship through naturalization or by birth. Additionally, if the child’s age is under 18 years and is under the custody of their US citizen parent. Finally, if their grandparents are in the US for at least five years during the petition.
In the event that the grandparents are already dead, the above mentioned provisions are still available. The only requirement is for the grandparent to be a US citizen and have met the certain requirements regarding physical presence during the time of their death.
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Other Important Notes
There are also some eligibility requirements. The person applying should be at least 18 years old who is able to read, write, and speak basic English, and have good moral character. One they meet these requirements, they will go through a 10-step process that will determine their eligibility to become an American citizen. The applicant should also need to complete the form N-400 which is used for naturalization.
Reuniting with family members is a priority of the US Government which is why if you have grandparents who are US citizens, it is possible for you to become a US citizen as well. For more information, contact our Houston immigration lawyers today.
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