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I am a Citizen of the U.K, my dad is now a United States Citizen. Can I travel to the United States just with my passport?
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Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 2 years ago
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Hello! My name is***** and I am a licensed attorney with more than 13 years of experience. I am here to assist you with your questions. Please understand that if I ask you for additional information, you are NOT charged again and our communications are NOT timed. So please see this as a relaxed conversation between friends. I am here to help.

It depends. You mean coming to the U.S. on an ESTA Visa Waiver> How old were you when your father became a U.S. Citizen?

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I was an am 21
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have a passport, I need to know what is the fastest way for me to get to the United States. This is kind of an emergency.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 2 years ago

If you are nervous that they may think that you have immigrant intent because your father is now a U.S. Citizen, I wouldn't worry too much about that. Why? Because you are over 21. If you were under 21, then it could be an issue because your father could apply for you to stay immediately. Since you are over 21, it would take around 7 years or so for you to get Residency through your father and you are not allowed to stay illegally in the U.S. If you did, then you would not be able to use that petition from your father even the time came. You would have to leave the U.S. and subject yourself to a 10 year bar unless you got a very hard to get waiver. So IF the officer at the Port of Entry give you any problem with that, you tell them that you know you cannot overstay because you are over 21 and a petition from your father would not be usable for you to stay if you are out of status which you would be. Also, here a link to things that you can have with you to prove non-immigrant intent and strong ties to your country to make them feel secure that you will go back home on time:

https://help.cbp.gov/ci/fattach/get/46680/0/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzk3NDE3MzcxL3NpZC85M1BEQ0lSbA==/filename/Intentions+and+Ties.pdf

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Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 2 years ago

Hello. I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help? Please let me know. Thank you!

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Thank you for your kindness and respect. Good luck to you.

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