When it comes to immigration matters the focus is most often placed upon adult immigrants coming to the United States. In many cases those individuals seek to eventually become citizens. Of course immigration matters pertain to children as well. In some situations they too fulfill their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens—even though they are still minors.
This very thing recently happened in South Florida. In the course of two ceremonies, approximately 150 kids, age 13 and under, planned on taking the Oath of Allegiance. The kids, most of whom had been in the country for several years, participated in the ceremony along side of members of their family.
Not just anyone can become a citizen of the U.S. They must meet certain requirements to be eligible. To be successful it may be necessary to build a case consisting of a variety of documents including those that show:
- A working knowledge of American history and English proficiency.
- Trips outside the country.
- Continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S.
- Good moral character.
These documents have to presented in a certain way within a set amount of time.
It is possible that there could be outstanding issues that need to be addressed before someone meets those requirements. They may not even initially be obvious and once they are identified, clearing them up can be complicated. As a result, some may find it beneficial to contact an immigration lawyer for help determining what steps need to be taken to address the issues.
Source: CBS Miami, “150 Children To Be Sworn In As U.S. Citizens In Miami,” Marybel Rodriguez, Jan. 16, 2015