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Thread: Am I a Citizen?

  1. #1
    Hello all, I need your help:

    I am a native born Chilean, but my parents immigranted (legally and employed) to the US in the late 80s. My father and mother are naturalized US citizens and did so way before I was 13 years of age. I have an American Passport and am now going back to Chile to work (I was offered employment abroad). I will be out of the country for more than 6 months. I understand LPRs need to let the government know? or may lose their status?

    Am I a citizen? or an LPR still? Do I need to file the N-400 even if I have a US Passport?

    Any advice would be tremendously helpful!

  2. #2
    Hello all, I need your help:

    I am a native born Chilean, but my parents immigranted (legally and employed) to the US in the late 80s. My father and mother are naturalized US citizens and did so way before I was 13 years of age. I have an American Passport and am now going back to Chile to work (I was offered employment abroad). I will be out of the country for more than 6 months. I understand LPRs need to let the government know? or may lose their status?

    Am I a citizen? or an LPR still? Do I need to file the N-400 even if I have a US Passport?

    Any advice would be tremendously helpful!

  3. #3
    You are a U.S. Citizen- assuming your parents were together and you lived with them, you became a citizen upon the naturalization of both your parents. The U.S. passport evidences that fact. As a US Citizen, you can stay out of the country for as long as you want.

    What I do suggest is that you apply for the N-600- it's the application for a certificate of citizenship. It will serve as solid proof of your citizenship.

  4. #4
    Thank you for your response Mrs. Mani. I was told filing a N-400 would be easier as it takes shorter time. I know the N-600 is taking about 2 years to process.

    I just wanted to make sure I can travel abroad for as long as I want without losing my status (even if I travel with my US Passport.)

    Thanks again!

  5. #5
    You should be able to travel with your US Passport and won't lose citizenship because you have traveled abraod.

    I have not heard that N-600 is taking 2 years. Also, with N-400, you run the risk of getting a denial because you already are a citizen and they will inform you to file the N-600. You won't get your filing fees back.

  6. #6
    Mrs. Mani is right. File N-600. It is taking over a year but less than 2 years.

  7. #7
    Thank Tak and Mrs. Mani.

    I spoje to a USCIS officer this morning who told me I was indeed a US Citizen and should have no problem travelling, but may get asked for my greencard when I get back to the US which I need find- its somewhere laying around in my house :/

    I will file N-600 and hope all goes well.

    Thanks again,

    Andrea

  8. #8
    Hi Andy and welcome,

    I don't know why the USCIS agent told you to carry your green card since your are a citizen who carries a US passport. Anyway, just wanted to welcome you and wish you a safe trip.

  9. #9
    Ditto Proud.

    However, you= will need a copy of your GC for the N-600 application.

  10. #10
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Mrs. Mani:
    Ditto Proud.

    However, you= will need a copy of your GC for the N-600 application. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Agreed. Since he was the kid, I don't know why his parents didn't wrap this up for him when they were naturalising. I guess my kids have it too good - lol!!

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