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I've been researching on how to petition my mother. no not

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I've been researching on how to petition my mother.
JA: Have you filed any paperwork with the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) yet?
Customer: no not yet I am waiting to turn 21
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: I was hoping that as soon as I turn 21 I would do all of this
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Well my mother has a visa, or at least I think so, and I believe she has a social as well but then again I'm not sure. I think she is also undocumented. Sorry I really don't know much of my mother's status on the subject.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Ely replied 2 months ago.

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Please tell me:

1) Where does your mother live now?

2) What is her status - you say she is undocumented?

3) What can I answer for you exactly, i.e. what is your question? For example: "What forms would I need to file?"

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
1. She lives in the U.S.
2. She might be but then again I'm not sure because she does have a passport
3. What forms would I need to file?
Expert:  Ely replied 2 months ago.

Does she have a United States Passport? Or a Passport from another country?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I believe she has a U.S. Passport because we did move from California about 7 years ago.
Expert:  Ely replied 2 months ago.

If she has a US Passport, then she is an American citizen. Then, why would you want to file for her to get immigration status, since she already has American citizenship?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Because she has a passport but she is also undocumented from she told me
Expert:  Ely replied 2 months ago.
She cannot be undocumented if she has a US Passport. Unless, she got that US Passport via fraudulent means.
Is there any way you can find out specifically what her status is and then get back to me?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Not at the moment but possibly at some other time.
Expert:  Ely replied 2 months ago.

That is fine. Because it is crucial to figure out her status and background, we can put a pin in this conversation for now. Once you are ready, simply reply back to this thread.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you for responding to my question even though I had little information to give.
Expert:  Ely replied 2 months ago.
I haven't answered anything yet. Please come back when you have more information and we can continue.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Okay and Thanks again
Expert:  Ely replied 2 months ago.
Sure thing.