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Chad Jubyna

Citizenship Status

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Hello,

 

I have a question about my citizenship status. I was born in Canada in 1969. My birth mother, who is Canadian, divorced my birth father (who is American and was living in Canada at the time of my birth) and moved to the US when I was one year old. She remarried a US citizen when I was approximately four years old. This person legally adopted me at this time. My mother became a Permanent Resident of the US and my parents acquired this same status for me. However, since I was legally adopted by a US citizen, shouldn't I have automatically had US citizenship status at the time of my adoption?

 

Thank you for your help and answers.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chad Jubyna

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You had American citizenship when you were born because your father was an American citizen.  However, your parents must file a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (CRBA) to document your citizenship.   See: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/birth-abroad.html for further details.

 

You are also entitled to American citizenship if you are under 18 years and were adopted  by and live with an American citizen.  See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption/Adoption-Process/how-to-adopt/us-citizenship-for-your-child.html

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Given your age, you may need to proceed a little differently than RetiredinVA suggests (above).

 

take a look at these websites for information and forms that appear to address your particular situation (a person who acquired US citizenship at birth or before age 18 but didn't file the right paperwork before turning age 18).

https://www.uscis.gov/n-600

https://www.uscis.gov/forms/n-600-application-certificate-citizenship-frequently-asked-questions

 

and, perhaps, speak with a lawyer in your area who handles immigration and may be able to assist you with the preparation and submission of the form

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