Going through the naturalization process requires time, patience and study. As you prepare to achieve citizenship, you may wonder if your effort can expedite your children’s ability to gain citizenship too.
Understanding the process whereby your children can become U.S. citizens can help you identify your next steps.
Criteria for citizenship
As an adult, you will need to complete the N-600 form in its entirety. You will want to pay close attention to the questions and answer each one with as much detail as you can. After submitting your form and receiving approval, you will need to complete a naturalization test. This assessment will determine your understanding of the English language, as well as basic civics knowledge. If you pass, you will receive instructions to complete the citizenship process.
Children under 18 years of age may not reasonably have the knowledge to complete such a process. If you successfully complete naturalization, you may facilitate the citizenship of your underaged children. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, your children may gain citizenship status if the following circumstances apply:
- They are not yet 18 years old
- They reside in the United States legally
- They live in the custody of a parent with citizenship
Support for naturalization
The naturalization process can bring challenges you did not anticipate. Managing it on top of fulfilling other obligations in your life may seem impossible at times. Having the support of other people may improve your motivation and give you the encouragement you need to move forward.
An attorney can guide you through the process and help you protect your rights as an immigrant. With the right help, you can confidently make decisions regarding your future in the United States.