Citizenship And Naturalization
Obtaining U.S. citizenship is a significant moment for many immigrants and their families. The process can be long and arduous, requiring countless forms and applications, and demanding money and time spent working toward an approval that is often years in the making.
At Dempsey Law, we know firsthand the obstacles facing individuals and families as they engage with U.S. immigration law. That is why our practice is committed to helping people in our local communities and around the world move through the immigration and naturalization process as quickly, efficiently and painlessly as possible.
What Will It Take For My Adopted Child To Become A U.S. Citizen?
When it comes to U.S. immigration and naturalization laws, the legal landscape is constantly changing. As a firm dedicated to handling international adoptions, we stay on top of these changes to better represent our clients. Whether they are obtaining citizenship for an adopted child or otherwise, we help adoptive parents understand and intelligently navigate the complex laws and regulations.
Below are some of the requirements for securing citizenship for an internationally adopted child:
- The child is under 18
- At least one parent is a U.S. citizen
- The child has been lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident, and is in legal and physical custody of a U.S. citizen parent
In most cases, if the above requirements are met, your child will receive automatic citizenship. There are numerous variations, however, such as applying for a certificate of citizenship if the adoption is completed outside the U.S. or obtaining citizenship through the naturalization process.
These processes are nuanced and require the guidance of a skilled attorney. When you secure our services, you won’t be hit with a stack of papers and a do-it-yourself guide. Instead, we will carefully explain each step in clear, straightforward language. We believe that with education and an understanding of the reasons behind these processes, you will feel more confident going forward.
When You Work With Us, You Become Our First Priority
At Dempsey Law, we are not like every other law firm handling adoptions and immigration law. We focus our practice on these specific areas to better serve our clients.
To learn more about our firm, our lawyers and staff, and how we can help you, call our Charlotte, North Carolina, law office at 704-251-2500. You can also reach us via email by completing our online contact form.