What Is the Legal Age Requirement for Citizenship?

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A person 18 years or older may apply for citizenship themselves, but a person under 18 can still apply through a parent or guardian. Learn about the terminology of citizenship and immigration services with legal advice from a certified family mediator in this free video on laws and the court.

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You have entertained becoming a United States citizen but you don't know where to begin the process or where to even look for answers. Hello, I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question what is the legal age requirement for United States citizenship? The first place to look is the website for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. They have a website that sets forth all the terminology that's involved and all of the process that is involved. And when you pull up the applications for citizenship, you will see that they provide for a person under 18 years of age applying for citizenship through a parent or guardian. A person 18 years of age or older may apply themselves. So it by deduction, the age of citizenship is 18 but you can apply at a younger age so long as it's done by a parent or guardian. If you have specific questions about the immigration process or the citizenship process that are not answered by the website, we strongly urge you to seek the services of a lawyer who practices in immigration naturalization and citizenship law. I'm Robert Todd and thank you for watching.

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