One of the great things about Florida is the vibrant
immigrant communities have brought to the state for decades. With many citizens
of Florida being the children of immigrants or immigrants themselves,
Florida is rooted in the tradition of dual cultures. For those that now
call the United States their home, it is important to obtain documents
to prove American citizenship.
Documents to Prove Citizenship
Any person born in the United States with a birth record will have a U.S.
government-issued birth certificate. If a person immigrated to the United
States and became a citizen, naturalization documents will have been given
to that person.
What happens if a person was not born in the United States but has a right
to citizenship through their parents? If the person's parents did
not register their birth with the U.S. consulate to receive a Consular
Registration of Birth Abroad, the person will have to apply for a U.S.
Passport or a certificate of citizenship.
United States Passport
A United States passport is a good way to demonstrate American citizenship
if a person's citizenship claim can be established. A passport can
be obtained from a passport office or through the U.S. consulate.
Before going to apply for a passport, a person will need to have:
- Proof of parent's U.S. citizenship, such as birth certificates or naturalization records
- Evidence that parents complied with residency requirements, which may be
work or tax records
- Proof of residency requirements fulfilled by the individual
- Affidavits explaining why the person was unaware of their citizenship claim
Sharing this information will be in addition to the traditional requirements
to obtain a passport, such as providing a birth certificate and paying
the necessary fees.
Certificates of Citizenship
A person with a
citizenship claim cam apply for a certificate of citizenship from U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services at any location within the United States. A certificate
of citizenship can take longer to receive than a passport, but is the
easiest option for those that obtained their citizenship through a parent
that was naturalized as a citizen.
When applying for a certificate of citizenship, a person will need to have
their parents' birth certificates, naturalization certificates, and
marriage certificate, as well as their own birth certificate and any marriage
certificates or divorce decrees that may apply.
Proving citizenship can be stressful, and even more so for those that may
not have the proper documentation. If you are applying for a document
to prove citizenship and are facing problems with your claim, an immigration
attorney can help ease the process.
Give our firm a call today!