Naturalization & Citizenship Attorney in Phoenix
How Can I Become a U.S. Citizen?
You can become a United States citizen either by birth, by naturalization or by through U.S. citizen parents. All children born in the United States are U.S. citizens except for children born to foreign nationals who are recognized diplomats of another country.
3 Classifications of U.S. Citizenship
- Citizenship by Acquisition: this occurs when a child is born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen. The child acquires citizenship if one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth. Citizenship by Acquisition is not available to stepchildren of U.S. citizens.
- Citizenship by Naturalization: a person can become a naturalized citizen by meeting certain requirements of immigration law which includes physical and continuous presence in the United States, good moral character and taking the naturalization test. Unlike citizenship by birth which makes a person automatically a U.S. citizen, naturalization is not automatic.
- Citizenship by Derivation: A minor child of a naturalized citizen who is under the age of 18 at the time a parent is naturalized becomes a citizen by derivation. This type of citizenship is not available to stepchildren of U.S. citizens.
A green card is a permanent resident card given to person who is legally authorized to reside permanently in the United States. A person with a green card can eventually become a naturalized U.S. citizen after meeting the requirements to become a citizen. Green cards allow immediate relatives of green card holders to also get one without much delay found in other family-based immigration category.
The green card lottery is an effort by the U.S. Congress to diversify the admission of immigrants into the United States of America. To ensure that admission of immigrants is not limited to only a few countries, congress has taken many steps such as setting per-country limits to ensure that the admission of immigrants is diverse. Despite these efforts, immigrants are never admitted in equal numbers from all parts of the world. Therefore, Congress enacted a permanent immigrant preference based on diversity and admits up to 50,000 “diversity immigrants” each year. Applicants of the green card are selected in a lottery and must meet strict but simple eligibility requirements.
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