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    Ok, I live in TX. I have lived in the U.S all my life but was born out of the country. Both Mom and Dad are U.S born citizens along with all my siblings. I have a sort of social security card but I cant work with it or go to college. My parents recently separated and my dad who promised to take care of it lives across the state now and for some reason he hasn't gotten it done yet and its been a while. When I bring it up he doesn't really have an answer.

    Could there be some legal barrier that has keep him from getting this done?

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    Ok, I live in TX. I have lived in the U.S all my life but was born out of the country. Both Mom and Dad are U.S born citizens along with all my siblings. I have a sort of social security card but I cant work with it or go to college. My parents recently separated and my dad who promised to take care of it lives across the state now and for some reason he hasn't gotten it done yet and its been a while. When I bring it up he doesn't really have an answer.

    Could there be some legal barrier that has keep him from getting this done?

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    • #3
      IMU: I'm not an expert on your situation. However, if both of your parents are American-born citizens, then I think that you are also a citizen...or can have your citizenship awarded through your parents; there is a process for achieving this.

      Do you know if your parents registered your birth with the American embassy in the country of your birth?

      The only issue that I can foresee is if, prior to your birth, neither of your parents resided in America for more than five years after the age of fourteen.

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      • #4
        I'm not sure if they registered me, But I would imagine they did since I have that social sec card. That reads not valid for employment right at the top.

        And me and my parents came back to the U.S within a moth or two of my birth and we've all been here ever since

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        • #5
          IMU: It seems to me that your parents are not treating this situation with the seriousness that it deserves. I would recommend that you go to the website for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

          http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

          Search for: "birth abroad to U.S. citizen parents"

          I'm confident that you will find all of the relevant information...and maybe your parents will be motivated to fulfill their responsibilities in this regard.

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          • #6
            I agree with you.

            Imagine How I felt when I turned 16 and wanted to go get my driving permit and my dad stringed it on me. I had lived my life up to then thinking It was all ok.

            Its one of the reason my parents had problems my dad was of suppose of have taken care of this years ago but my dad keep putting it off as if it was just any other shore.

            I think ill try and do things myself.

            Ill check out the website

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            • #7
              ok, read this

              No. Individuals who are 18 years of age or older on February 27, 2001, do not qualify for citizenship under the CCA, even if they meet all other criteria. If they wish to become U.S. citizens, they must apply for naturalization and meet eligibility requirements that currently exist for adult lawful permanent residents.

              I turned 18 as of feb 27, 2008. so do I qualify.

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              • #8
                Have you ever had a passport? Do you know if your parents obtained a US passport or documentation for you to bring you back to the US after you were born?

                If you ever had a passport then you are a USC.

                I remember reading somewhere, and will try and find it, that you automatically have Citizenship through your parents, if you have lived with the father for x amount of years, and he has regarded you as his son.
                I think it might just be down to getting the right documents, than having to Naturalize.
                If you are not a USC..what would you be seen as?
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                • #9
                  I read the stuff SunDevilUSA suggested I look at. And there is a lot of info there I match all criteria I think. And it doesn't look as complicated as I thought . The only thing I'm worried about is my age I'm already 18 but I think it says I'm qualified for automatic citizenship as long as I wasn't 18 in 2001 when the act became effective

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                  • #10
                    Hello Imu


                    Welcome to Ilw forum

                    IMU, have you asked your mother for more details? I know that you state that your parents are natural born , but Is it possible that your parents were only green card holders at the time of your birth and later naturalized?

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                    • #11
                      No Mom and Dad were both born in U.S and have lived in the U.S their entire lifes.

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                      • #12
                        Well ok then.

                        As Sprint has told you, You would have had to have a passport to have enterd the country if you were born on the outside.

                        Tell Mom to start digging. forget about Dad, he hasnt done what is needed it seems in all this time.


                        What exactly is it that your father "stinged" on you?

                        Did you ever see a birth certificate from the country where you were born?

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                        • #13
                          I did see my birth certificate some time ago but dad took with him when he moved since he was going to get this done.

                          And I meant springed darn spell check

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                          • #14
                            ok IMU

                            You need to get your birth certificates back from your dad and take care of this matter yourself or with the help of maybe Catholic Social Services who may assist you at a reduced rate.

                            Have your mother take you there for a consultation, and have her locate that old passport.

                            Use the search/find feature on this board and you will find useful information relative to your situation. One thread I believe was called.. "Am I a citizen"

                            Good Luck

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                            • #15
                              If you can't obtain a birth certificate here, you could always try the embassy of the country you were born in, as you can have their help in obtaining one, or where to send off for one. Make sure that it has translation too if needed.

                              Not sure if it works here or not, but my friend in England had similar problem, but only found this out when he was applying for passport.

                              He was born in another country, and his father didn't do the right docs either.
                              His father passed, which made it harder. What he had to do was get hold of both birth certificates of parents, his one, marriage certificate and divorce papers of parents, and the death certificate of father.

                              With all these documents, he was given is Citizenship by birth rights. He was in his 30's when he found this out. He managed to get by until then.

                              Just in case, may be worth getting parents birth certificates handy too.
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