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Obtaining a Certificate of Citizenship from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a significant milestone for individuals seeking to establish their U.S. Citizenship status. This document serves as formal proof of citizenship, but the process involves specific legal requirements and eligibility criteria. Let’s delve into the essential aspects of the legal requirements for citizenship and obtaining a Certificate of Citizenship.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Birthright Citizenship: Individuals born in the United States or certain territories and jurisdictions automatically acquire U.S. citizenship at birth, provided they meet other legal requirements.
  2. Derivative Citizenship: Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may acquire derivative citizenship based on specific conditions, such as parental citizenship status, legal custody, and physical presence in the U.S.
  3. Adoption and Naturalization: Adopted children of U.S. citizens may acquire citizenship through the adoption process, while foreign-born individuals can apply for naturalization based on residency, good moral character, English language proficiency, and knowledge of U.S. civics.

Legal Documentation

  1. Birth Certificates: Applicants must provide original or certified copies of birth certificates to establish birthright citizenship or derivative citizenship through parentage.
  2. Adoption Papers: For adopted children, legal adoption documents and evidence of the child’s relationship to the U.S. citizen parent are required.
  3. Naturalization Records: Naturalized citizens seeking a Certificate of Citizenship must submit proof of their naturalization, such as a Certificate of Naturalization or U.S. passport.

Physical Presence and Residency

  1. Continuous Residence: Applicants must demonstrate continuous residence in the United States or qualifying territories for specific periods, depending on the citizenship basis (e.g., five years for naturalization).
  2. Physical Presence: For derivative citizenship through U.S. citizen parents, evidence of physical presence and legal custody arrangements is essential.

Good Moral Character and Legal Compliance

  1. Good Moral Character: Applicants must demonstrate good moral character, which includes avoiding certain criminal offenses, immigration violations, and fraud.
  2. Legal Compliance: Compliance with U.S. laws and regulations, including tax obligations and selective service registration (for eligible males), is mandatory.

English Language and Civics Knowledge

  1. English Proficiency: Naturalization applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency through speaking, reading, and writing tests unless exempted due to age or medical conditions.
  2. Civics Knowledge: A basic understanding of U.S. history, government, and civics is assessed through a civics test during the naturalization process.

Application Process

  1. Form N-600: The Application for Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-600) is submitted to USCIS along with required supporting documents, photographs, and applicable fees.
  2. Interview and Biometrics: USCIS may schedule an interview and biometrics appointment to verify information and conduct background checks.
  3. Certificate Issuance: Upon approval, USCIS issues a Certificate of Citizenship as official proof of U.S. citizenship.

Navigating the legal requirements for citizenship and obtaining a Certificate of Citizenship requires thorough understanding, documentation, and adherence to U.S. immigration laws. Seeking legal counsel and assistance from experienced immigration lawyers can streamline the process and ensure compliance with all legal requirements, leading to a successful outcome in establishing U.S. citizenship status.

Cristina Chávez, Attorney at Law, LLC offers immigration legal consultations by appointment. If you wish to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship, Cristian Chávez can help. To request your telephone or Zoom consultation, contact us today at (505) 506-0236.








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