How to become a U.S. Citizen?

Under the laws of the United States of American, there are two ways that you can acquire U.S. citizenship. You are either a U.S. citizen at birth or you acquire U.S. citizenship after birth.  People often come to our Tallahassee immigration law firm and ask what steps are necessary to become a citizen.  It can be a complicated process, but in general, to be a U.S. citizen at birth you must either have been:

1) Born in the United States or certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States, or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States;

OR

2) If you were born in another country, to have had one parent or both parents who were citizens of the United States at the time of your birth.

These are the only two ways that you can acquire citizenship in the United States at birth. If you are to acquire U.S. citizenship after birth you must either:

1) “Derive” your U.S. citizenship from your parents if you are under the age of 18

OR

2) Naturalization

Acquiring citizenship can be complicated and the naturalization process sometimes holds unexpected pitfalls.  Tallahassee immigration lawyer Brandon Smoot at the Liebenhaut Law can assist you with your claim for U.S. citizenship. Call now to schedule an initial consultation.