Do I get citizenship if I was adopted by a US resident? 4 Answers as of August 02, 2011I came to the u.s. in 1978 at the age of 8 as an lpr. I was adopted by my stepfather in 1979 at the age of 9. In 1985 my mother became a citizen and in 1986 my stepfather became a citizen (I was 15 and 16 at the times) they never applied for a certificate for me. I was living with them when they naturalized. I am now 41 and have convictions. Did I derive citizenship through them? Will my convictions play a role I started getting into trouble at 21.
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Yes, if you yourself had a green card at the time your mother became a naturalized citizen when you were age 15, you yourself would also have naturalized and become a citizen at the same time that she did and should now be eligible to apply for and receive a Certificate of Citizenship. And, no, your later run-ins with the law should have no effect since you were already a citizen at the time.
Answer Applies to: Virginia