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My father naturalized in the early 90's when I was 14 years old. I'm a green card holder since 1981. My question is do I need to file n400 or can I file n600 to become us citizen?

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Guillermo Senmartin
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Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if it is bad news that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

What is your date of birth? What date did your father naturalize? You were in his legal and physical custody when he naturalized?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
my birth date is 2/2/79 he naturalized am not sure of the date but some time in 1991-1993
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I was in his custody

Take a look at this link:

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/pressrelease/ChildCitizenshipAct_120100.pdf

As you can see at the bottom of the first page and the top of the second page, the law is not retroactive, so since you were over 18 in 2001, it looks like you will have to file an N-400 to apply for Naturalization.

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