Who we help

For Individuals 




U.S. citizens enjoy precious rights, privileges, and responsibilities.

These include voting, running for office, petitioning for family members, serving on a jury, and applying for federal jobs. We can assist you in applying for citizenship or claiming and proving citizenship. There are a number of ways to become or prove that you are a citizen. You can have birthright citizenship, derive or acquire U.S. citizenship, as well as qualify and apply for citizenship. Birthright citizenship is protected under the 14th Amendment's guarantee that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." This means that if you are born in the U.S. you are automatically a U.S. citizen. Sometimes you acquire citizenship even when born abroad. If your parent didn’t register your birth abroad, we will have to prove that you were automatically acquired citizenship. We can do this.

If you were not born in the U.S. but have at least one U.S. citizen parent

You can acquire U.S. citizenship through a concept known as jus sanguinis, which means "right of blood" in Latin. Under jus sanguinis, citizenship is automatically passed on to a child at birth when one or both of his parents are U.S. citizens. Depending on other factors, there are additional statutory requirements where you must demonstrate residence or physical presence of your parent. We must also look at the law that was in effect on the date of the individual's birthday. Cases involving Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for children born abroad offers unique challenges. At least one U.S. citizen parent must have a biological connection to the child in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child at birth. In ART cases, parents are required to provide medical and documentary evidence of the child's conception and birth, along with evidence of the parents' identity, citizenship, and physical presence in the United States.

You can also derive citizenship through the naturalization of at least one of your parents

We analyze the law at the time the naturalization took place, along with the age of the person at that time. Before the enactment of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, both parents were required to naturalize before you turned 18 years old and required you to be living in the United States as a permanent resident (green card holder). As of February 27, 2001, the requirements changed and now you derive U.S. citizenship if:

  • Were under 18 years old at the time of one parent's naturalization;
  • One parent is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization;
  • You were admitted as an immigrant for permanent residence (green card); and
  • You were living in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent.

Also, you must be residing in the United States and intend to continue residing in the country. If you were adopted, the adoption must be full and final.

If you were not born here, derived citizenship, or automatically acquire citizenship

You can qualify and apply for citizenship. The requirements to become a U.S. citizen can appear very simple at first glance.

An applicant must

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • continuously reside in the United States for the past five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen)
  • be physically present in the United States for at least half of the past five years (or half of the past three years if married to a U.S. citizen)
  • be a person of good moral character during the statutory period;
  • pass the English and civics tests; and
  • be willing to take the full oath of allegiance.

These criteria seem deceptively easy, but there are potential issues to be aware of. Dealing with long absences outside the U.S., criminal issues, and certain conduct that can reflect negatively on your good moral character can be obstacles to qualifying for citizenship.

Regardless of which way we help you prove you qualify for citizenship, we will bring our expertise and experience to guide and assist you with the process every step of the way.