Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

Certain conditions exist for gaining derivative citizenship

There are a number of ways to gain citizenship status, depending on your background. For children who were born out of the country, an application for derivative citizenship may be required to receive an official certificate of citizenship. Regardless of a person’s location, whether that is in California or elsewhere, certain requirements must be met before derivative citizenship can be approved.

Derivative citizenship is defined as citizenship that is granted to children through their parents. This process can be used to gain citizenship certificates for children who are born outside of the country, either to parents who are citizens residing outside the United States, or for foreign-born adopted children who are brought to the country and whose adoptive parents are citizens. This can also be utilized by immigrants to the country who become naturalized and would like their children who are under the age of 18 to also be granted citizenship.

Depending on the specific circumstances of each case, certain conditions must be met before derivative citizenship is granted. Different qualifications exist for gaining citizenship at birth or after birth for children younger than 18. A chart giving specific details for each situation can be found through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.

The conditions for derivative citizenship can be confusing. California residents who think their children may qualify to gain citizenship status through this procedure may require assistance to ensure all the specific requirements are met. Legal help is available to help and may prove a valuable asset when working through this process.

Source:, “Citizenship Through Parents“, , Sept. 12, 2014


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