Citizenship issues encompass such things as citizenship at birth, citizenship acquired through parents, and naturalization.
With the single exception of qualification to become President, the law does not distinguish among categories of citizens. Indeed, there is only one "class" of United States citizen - irrespective of how citizenship is acquired.
Once acquired, United States citizenship remains effective unless formally renounced or revoked due to fraud. The only conclusive evidence of United States citizenship is a valid, unexpired United States passport. This evidence may not be challenged other than through a passport revocation hearing, initiated by the United States Department of State.
The United States neither prohibits nor encourages dual nationality. If a United States citizen takes an oath of allegiance to a foreign country, that individual will most likely lose his or her U.S. citizenship. Otherwise, a United States citizen may acquire or retain foreign citizenship. For more information, please click here.
Loss of Citizenship
Citizenship may be lost if any of six conditions pertain, irrespective of whether the individual acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, through naturalization, or as a derivative beneficiary. For more information concerning loss of citizenship, please click here.
An application for naturalization is made using form N-400 To download this form and complete filing instructions, please click here.
Applications for naturalization are filed at a USCIS lockbox facility. To find the address of the appropriate lockbox for your naturalization application, please click here.
What we can do to assist you
While most citizenship matters can be handled without the assistance of counsel, some people still want legal representation. For those who do, we are prepare to assist them. To learn more, please click here.
Citizenship at birth
Certain individuals are United States citizens from the time they are born. To learn more about who qualifies for this benefit, and how, please click here.
Citizenship acquired later
Many people acquire U.S. citizenship after they are born, but without having to go through the naturalization process. To learn more about who qualifies, please click here.
When someone applies for U.S. citizenship, that process is known as naturalization. To learn how to qualify and how to apply for naturalization, please click here.