People who are born in the U.S. are citizens, even if their parents are not. If you are a U.S. citizen but your parents are not citizens, you may be able to sponsor them for permanent residency. People who are at least 21 years old can petition for their parents to become permanent residents in the U.S.
If you are a lawful permanent resident (commonly called a green card holder), you may be able to help your relatives become permanent residents, too. This would allow them to come to the U.S. and begin living and working here legally.
Georgia residents who are interested in adoption and child immigration may want to learn more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. Through this act, foreign-born, biological and adopted children of American citizens may be able to get American citizenship automatically, even though they did not have it at birth. When they enter the U.S. with lawful permanent residence (LPR), they are granted citizenship.
Georgia residents who are dealing with child immigration issues may be interested in an alternative method for bringing an adopted child into the U.S. If the requirements are met, this could allow the child to gain permanent residency when brought into the country by an adoptive parent.
Several children are adopted internationally by Georgia residents each year. Adoptive parents will want to make certain that their adopted children become U.S. citizens. Children who do not obtain citizenship status may experience difficulties with voting, obtaining work legally, qualifying for scholarships and other obstacles. A child immigration lawyer may answer adoptive parents questions regarding citizenship for their children who have been adopted abroad.