Immigration Law

Immigration law questions? Ask an immigration lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I AM 24 British Citizen who is about to make a decision to…

Customer Question
Hello, I AM 24 British Citizen...
Hello,
I AM 24 British Citizen who is about to make a decision to move to the U.S. Now, my Great, Great Grand mother was a born and raised U.S citizen which made my Grandmother who was not born in the U.S a Citizen. I am hoping by the grace of God if I can apply for Citizenship.
Regards,
K Williams
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Immigration Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
12/9/2017
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney
Category: Immigration Law
Satisfied Customers: 113,374
Experience: Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.
Verified

Hello! My name is***** and I am a licensed attorney with more than 15 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. Also, please do NOT click on the Opt Out button because if you do, it would prevent me from communicating with you and then it could take a long time before another expert responds to you.

Please give me a few minutes to review your question and I will be right with you with an answer. Sorry for any delay. I may have to do some research and at the same time I read and type fast, but not that fast! Thank you for your patience.

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

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.

Unfortunately, the chances of that happening are very slim. Generally speaking, you have a chance through a grandparent that was a U.S. Citizen and resided in the U.S. long enough, but if the grandparent did not reside in the U.S. long enough, then the chances are very small. Take a look at this story:

https://www.shusterman.com//citizenshipthroughparents/citizenshipthroughparents2

After you read the story, let me know your date of birth and the dates of birth of each of your parents and grandparents and if your grandparents and parents ever lived in the U.S. and for how long.

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Awesome, waiting.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

Please review the article. Thank you.

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok ao its my great-great grand mother who was born and raised her whole life in the St.John U.S.V.I, her daughter, whom is my great grand mother who wasnt born in the u.s however obtain citozenship through her Mom. She moved and lived in the U.S for aprroximately 3 years and even bought a house.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

Unfortunately, it doesn't look good. What year was your grandmother born? And how old was your great grandmother when she lived in the U.S.?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
My great-Grandmother was born in 1949. (U.S Citizen) Great-great grand was born in 1918.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

But when was your grandmother born? And how old was she when she lived in the U.S.?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
1949 she had to be in her thirties or ate 20s.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

We need to clear things up. You said your great-great grandmother was born in 1918 and that your great grandmother was born in 1949, but then you say your grandmother was born in 1949. So who was born in 1949? Was it your grandmother or your great grandmother?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Born 1889
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

That doesn't make sense. That would mean your great grandmother was born before your great great grandmother. Let me see, could be be that your great great grandmother was born in 1889, your great grandmother was born in 1918, and your grandmother was born in 1949?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I confused you, I sent 2 files. Please open them up. Letticia Sprauve is my Great- Great G
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

Those don't give the actual year or birth. They give an estimate.

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I want to work in the U.S like yesterday. Its so hard here after the storms Irma and Maria, however i want to do everything the right way. What should I do. Which step should I take first.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I dont have the death certificates.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

Unfortunately, I don't think you qualify for U.S. Citizenship. For your mother to have gotten U.S. Citizenship, your grandmother would have had to most likely live in the U.S. 10 years before your mother was born. If your mother was born in 1986 or later, then her mother would have had to live in the U.S. for at least 5 years before your mother was born. Since you said she only lived 3 years in the U.S., it doesn't look like you qualify. Sorry.

There are generally 5 avenues to obtain U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency. They are through family, through employment, through Asylum or refugee process, through investment, or through the lottery.

For family, it must be immediate family such as U.S. Citizen spouse or U.S. Citizen children over 21 in order to be able to come immediately. U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident parents or U.S. Citizen siblings, or Lawful Permanent Resident spouses can also help you, but the wait for that is about 4 to 12 years or so.

Through employment, you would have to generally prove that you would not be taking away a job from a U.S. worker and the less experience and education you have, the harder that is to do.

Through Asylum or Refugee process, you must prove that you will be persecuted, tortured or killed if you stay in your country and that this will happen to you because of your nationality, race, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, not because you would run the same risk as anyone else in your country to fall victim to a crime or bad economic conditions.

Through investment, you are looking at generally $1,000,000.00 for a residency, or $500,000.00 in an area designated as a high-employment area, plus in both cases the investment has to create 10 or more jobs for U.S. workers.

And through the lottery, it would be very difficult to win one of the 50,000 visas available per year and some countries do not qualify.

Here is a link to the different forms to get a green card:

http://www.uscis.gov/greencard

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions and there is no additional charge. Also, should you need to chat on the phone, private email or need help reviewing documentation, I am happy to do so for a small additional cost. Let me know if you are interested in these – I am happy to give you more details! If you have no further questions (at this time) please leave a positive rating for my service. I would sincerely ***** ***** You can do that by clicking on the 3rd, 4th or 5th stars or smiley faces if you see them. If you do not see any stars or smiley faces, you may have to scroll up to the top of the page or click on my name and they should come out. Also, your session does NOT close when leaving a positive rating, so you can continue to ask additional questions without additional charge. Thank you for your understanding.

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thats not true. All my Great Grand Mom Kids got their papers except my Grand Dad. My Family is really from St.John. they live over there all now.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

So your grandmother is a U.S. Citizen, but how long did she live in the U.S. before your mother was born?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months 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!

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Not satisfied.
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

Ok. Why are you not satisfied? I cannot lie to you. It is not my fault if the law does not have an easy solution for this situation. I am only the messenger. Please do not blame me for being just the messenger.

So your grandmother is a U.S. Citizen, but how long did she live in the U.S. before your mother was born?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
You havent read through all that I have written, which is why your answeres are inadequate
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 7 months ago

Believe me, I have read through everything you have written and I have explained what the law is. Please do not get frustrated with me because you are trying to get U.S. Citizenship through a great-grandparent which doesn't normally happen. I am trying to help you, but I do NOT get a salary to be here, I do NOT get an hourly wage, and I do not get compensated per question. I ONLY get compensated if you are satisfied and that's only a small part of your deposit. So believe me, I don't want to have spent all this time reviewing and explaining things to you for you to go away angry because then I get nothing. So it only helps me if I can help you. If not, I wasted my time and effort, and on a weekend, no less. Do you understand?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 6 months ago

Hello. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Did you determine if my answers were correct?

Ask Your Own Immigration Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with an immigration lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Guillermo Senmartin Your Own Question
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney
Category: Immigration Law
Satisfied Customers: 113,374
113,374 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

Guillermo Senmartin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

4,009 satisfied customers

Private practice in several areas, including immigration

Wilton A. Person

Wilton A. Person

Immigration Lawyer

3,597 satisfied customers

Knowledgeable and experienced immigration lawyer.

Law Girl

Law Girl

Lawyer

451 satisfied customers

My law firm practices immigration law.

Gintare Grigaite

Gintare Grigaite

Immigration Attorney

186 satisfied customers

Expert Immigration Attorney

TheLeadCounsel

TheLeadCounsel

Immigration Attorney

17 satisfied customers

Immigration and Naturalization

Charlotte E. Viener, Esq.

Charlotte E. Viener, Esq.

Lawyer

12 satisfied customers

Over 10+ years handling all aspects of Immigration Law.

Guillermo Senmartin

Guillermo Senmartin

Immigration Attorney

113,374 satisfied customers

Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

< Previous | Next >

Related Immigration Law Questions
I was born in 1972 in S Africa. I've had my permanent
I was born in 1972 in S Africa. I've had my permanent resident card since 2002 and I've been living in the US since 2002 I would like to apply for citizenship. My grandmother was born in Ohio. My dece… read more
Nisha Jones
Nisha Jones
Juris Doctorate
3,365 satisfied customers
Guillermo, would you please give me some advice on a
Hi Guillermo, would you please give me some advice on a citizenship matter that has recently come to light? I am a UK citizen but have recently discovered that I have a US citizen as a direct ancestor… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
General Information: - Born on 9 August 1982 in Lebanon
General Information: - Born on 9 August 1982 in Lebanon and married recently. - My father acquires the US citizenship at birth lately, and got the US passport. - Mother is not a US Citizen, but will g… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
My Great-Grandparents were American Citizens living in Honduras,my
My Great-Grandparents were American Citizens living in Honduras,my Grandmother didnot applied for US Passport,neither my Mother,who is still alive,What is the process to have my US Citizenship recogni… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
My grandmother was born in 1923, my dad in 1954 and me in 19
I just graduated from college, and I'm now on an OPT Visa. I'm considering opening a small business, as it is very hard to find a job in my field of expertise. My opt Visa, does allow me to open a bus… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
my great grandmother was born in the US to Hungarian parents
my great grandmother was born in the US to Hungarian parents who were immigrants. When my great grandmother was 2 years old, they returned to Hungary. My great grandmother then married and gave birth … read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
My grand mother was a US citizen since born raise in the us.
My grand mother was a US citizen since born raise in the us. My mom became U.S citizen by birth when she was 40 years old. Can i apply for US citizenship… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
My grandmother was an American citizen. As I understand I can
My grandmother was an American citizen. As I understand I can get my US citizenship (duel) through my mother, who should have received US citizenship at her birth automatically. I went to US Embassy i… read more
jludwic
jludwic
Manager
J.D.
19 satisfied customers
My mother was born in Canada in 1905 to a mother (U.S. citizen
My mother was born in Canada in 1905 to a mother (U.S. citizen by birth) and a father who renounced his U.S. citizenship to homestead in Canada. It is my understanding that at that time U.S. citizensh… read more
Georgetown Lawyer
Georgetown Lawyer
Principal Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
11,193 satisfied customers
i wish to attempt to reclaim lost us citizenship, my grandmother
i wish to attempt to reclaim lost us citizenship, my grandmother was born in the usa , my mother in australia,both are deceased and my grandmother, mother and i where born before 1923 i currently resi… read more
Georgetown Lawyer
Georgetown Lawyer
Principal Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
11,193 satisfied customers
My great Grandmother and Grandfather were both born in the
My great Grandmother and Grandfather were both born in the united States. They later married and had their first child, but their second and third child (who was my Grand-mothe) were born in Canada. I… read more
Georgetown Lawyer
Georgetown Lawyer
Principal Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
11,193 satisfied customers
Immigration I am a Canadian citizen who wishes to be a U.S.A.
Immigration: I am a Canadian citizen who wishes to be a U.S.A. citizen. Question: My grandmother wa born in ND. USA. Moved to Canada but never became a citizen. My Father was born in Canada. Both are … read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
I am asking on behalf of my wife. She would like to know if
I am asking on behalf of my wife. She would like to know if she has claim to US citizenship, Her Grandfather was in the military stationed in Bermuda, her Grandmother got pregnant for him, she is Berm… read more
Wilton A. Person
Wilton A. Person
Immigration Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
3,597 satisfied customers
My husband was born in Canada as was his father, but both his
My husband was born in Canada as was his father, but both his paternal grand parents were born in the USA and both his paternal great grand parents were naturalized US citizens who migrated to USA fro… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
My great grandfather was an American citizen by birth. Does
My great grandfather was an American citizen by birth. Does this mean my grandfather born July 1920 was an American citizen by birth although he was born in Italy? I currently live in the UK and am wa… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
if i am a registered member of an american (alaskan) indian
if i am a registered member of an american (alaskan) indian band , does that give me access to live in the united states...( i am a canadian) brent… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
can the doctrine of double constructive retention be explained
can the doctrine of double constructive retention be explained to me and whether there are any guidelines as to who can apply for us citizenship under this doctrine? (apologies for asking this twice, … read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Immigration Attorney
Juris Doctor
113,374 satisfied customers
Parental side My father was bor in San Francisco Ca I know
Parental side: My father was bor in San Francisco Ca I know little about his life (I heard he resign to US citizenship when Vietnam War)Mother side: My great grabndfather born in New York my grandmoth… read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x