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Becoming a U.S. Citizen Through Your Parents
U.S. Citizenship by Acquisition or Derivation
Generally, people become U.S. citizens by one of three following methods:
Most immigration attorneys and quite a number of our readers understand the first two categories.
We link to extensive information regarding the naturalization process from our "citizenship page" at http://shusterman.com/toc-usc.html#2
The ever-changing rules for obtaining U.S. citizenship through your parents or grandparents (called citizenship by acquisition or citizenship by derivation) are, however, often obscure even to persons with considerable expertise in immigration and naturalization laws and procedures.
I can assure you that when it comes to developing an expertise in this seldom used area, there is no substitute for conducting thousands of such interviews and writing decisions on these applications.
I did post articles about derivative citizenship on our site including the popular "Obtaining Citizenship Through Parents" at http://shusterman.com/acquisit.html and what I consider my most notable success story at http://shusterman.com/olsen.html, and http://shusterman.com/olsen2.html.
However, when our Web site had its 10th birthday in September, I started to seriously think about this revising my old derivative citizenship charts and placing them online as a guide to our readers.
Now, all four "National Charts" are online on our "Citizenship" page at http://shusterman.com/toc-usc.html#5.
We have saved numerous clients from deportation by use of these charts. We hope that posting them online will save many more persons from such a fate.
* Carl Shusterman is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. He formerly served as an INS Attorney (1976-82) before entering private practice. The above article will appear in the November 2005 issue of his free, monthly e-mail newsletter, SHUSTERMAN'S IMMIGRATION UPDATE, which has 43,000 subscribers in over 150 countries. You may subscribe online at http://shusterman.com/subscribe.html#subscribe
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