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How does an illegal alien obtain citizenship?

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2011-02-14 05:53:38
2011-02-14 05:53:38
AnswerI'm assuming that your already in the USA. If you have overstayed your visa the only way would be to marry a Citizen or have parents or siblings over 21 years old that can apply for you.

If you have not overstayed your visa you can apply for residency while your OUTSIDE the USA but it will be VERY DIFFICULT. Check with your country's embassy or consulate. Good Luck!

AnswerInformation can be found at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website..http://uscis.gov

Note that if you are actually illegally here in the U.S., you CANNOT obtain residency (the first step to citizenship) while still inside the U.S., even by marriage. You must first leave the U.S., and then petition for residency from your country of origin (usually, a country where you have legal citizenship). This includes those attempting to acquire legal residency through marriage - while you can legally marry a U.S. citizen while in the U.S. (even if you are an illegal), that U.S. citizen cannot petition for you to be granted legal residency UNTIL you leave the country.

There is currently no way for a person illegally in the U.S. to convert their stay into a legal one while remaining inside the U.S.

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