In the video: Attorney Michael Dekker with everything you need to know about obtaining American citizenship (Editor: Dina Mahfoutz)
American citizenship is considered particularly sought after because it opens quite a few doors for those who hold it.
But who is even entitled to American citizenship and what advantages does it have?
Attorney Michael Dekker from the law firm Dekker, Fax, Ofir & Co. came to answer all the questions in the studio and voila!
Do both parents have to be US citizens for the child to get citizenship?
It is not necessary for both parents to be American citizens, but if both are citizens, it is much easier, since they do not have to meet additional requirements.
But, if one of the parents is an American citizen, the child of that citizen is still entitled to citizenship provided that parent has lived in the United States for a total of five years, two of which are over the age of 14.
What evidence must be presented in order to show the parent's eligibility for the country?
The condition is residence in the country for five years, two of which are over the age of 14. Quite a few customers present us with a birth certificate, but this is not enough.
You need to show proof and evidence of residency in the United States, such as certificates from elementary school, high school, university, employment permits, a rental agreement or various accounts.
What can be done if the parent has not lived for five years in the United States?
If one of the parents is American and does not meet this condition, you cannot get citizenship through the parent, but you can get citizenship through the grandparent.
This is called the grandchild clause, and then the grandparents will be obliged to meet the conditions of residence in the country - at least five years.
In these cases it is sometimes difficult to prove.
There are quite a few cases where the grandparents immigrated to Israel in the 70s, their children accepted and the grandchildren neglected the issue.
In these cases, the same grandparents have to restore documents, which is difficult, but possible.
Elementary schools in the United States keep records, and in many cases we contact them to get these records.
How long does the procedure take and can it be done independently?
Since the corona, the time has lengthened because of the queues, so it is difficult to commit to short times.
Regarding the grandparents, it takes even longer.
When someone submits an application that is in the process and he turns 18, he is no longer entitled to citizenship, so it is better to submit the application as early as possible.
This is another reason why you should hire a lawyer, with his help you can ask to speed up the procedure.
How important is it to contact a lawyer in this field?
Like everything in life you can do it yourself, but when you turn to a professional you get better service.
When you do everything alone, you take risks and there are also complex cases, such as adoption matters or if the parents are not married.
You need to know the process and if you act without a lawyer, the process may be complicated.
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