Originally Posted by melly531
Interesting - I'm not sure I understand.
Were your parents born outside of the US, they became permanent residents and then they became US citizens but you were born outside the US, became a permanent resident and never filed for citizenship?
It would appear (?) to me that your parents became citizens when you were 18 but you did not, retaining your permanent resident status. You at that age would have had to apply for citizenship, it would not naturally flow from your parents.
I found the following:
There are 4 ways to become a U.S. citizen:
By birth in the U.S.
By birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents
Where a lawful permanent resident child under 18 lives in the U.S. with at least one citizen parent, or
Birth in the U.S.
You are a U.S. citizen if you are born in the United States or, in most cases, in Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Your birth certificate is proof of your citizenship. You are not considered a U.S. citizen by birth if you are born in the United States and your parents are in the United States because they are foreign diplomats.
At some point you have or will need a birth certificate and proof of citizenship - what do you carry?