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    My cousin received her green card prior to age 18. She is seeking citizenship through her biological father who naturalized in 1996. Cousin submitted the N-600 to the wrong location. She received a I-797C Notice of Action indicating that it was rejected because "This office does not have jurisdiction to accept the application you submitted."

    This occurred in November 15, 2010. She was born in 1992.

    Question: can she resubmit the N-600 to the appropriate office and still qualify for citizenship through her father although she is now over 18?

    Did her prior attempt allow her to ask for a waiver of the condition that she needs to be under 18?

  • #2
    She got a green card under 18 and her father naturalized when she was under 18, so she still qualifies* for N-600 even though she's over 18 now. For the N-600 they will backdate her citizenship to some time before her 18th birthday.

    She can also apply for a US passport, and then seek the N-600 later.

    *assuming the other conditions of the Child Citizenship Act were satisfied

    EB3 ROW I-485 Approved: July 2007
    USC: July 2013
    I am a layman, not a lawyer. What I write here is not official or professional legal advice. In addition, my answers on this forum are specific to the scenarios discussed in each thread and should not be generalized to other situations.

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    • #3
      She can submit N-600 at any age. The question is was she living in her father's custody with a GC at the time her father naturalised? If so, she would become a US citizen in 2000 retroactively. Anyway, she can file N-600 any time she wants but it is better to do it sooner so she can get all the necessary documents from her father.

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      • #4
        The N-600 filing has been centralized since then, she should use the new form with updated address information.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tufday View Post
          My cousin received her green card prior to age 18. She is seeking citizenship through her biological father who naturalized in 1996. Cousin submitted the N-600 to the wrong location. She received a I-797C Notice of Action indicating that it was rejected because "This office does not have jurisdiction to accept the application you submitted."

          This occurred in November 15, 2010. She was born in 1992.

          Question: can she resubmit the N-600 to the appropriate office and still qualify for citizenship through her father although she is now over 18?

          Did her prior attempt allow her to ask for a waiver of the condition that she needs to be under 18?
          Has anything happened with this case?

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