Is there any chance that I am already a U.S. citizen because my grandfather was a citizen when my mother was born?

I am in the U.S. in visitor status. I just learned that my maternal grandfather was actually a U.S. citizen at the time that my mother was born outside the U.S. Is there any chance that I am already a U.S. citizen because my grandfather was a citizen when my mother was born?


Federal law provides that under some circumstances a grandparent could have transmitted U.S. citizenship to his or her son or daughter, and possibly to you, but the laws have changed many times over the last century, and the application of those laws is complicated. If you have a U.S. citizen grandparent and you believe that you may have a claim to U.S. citizenship, please contact our office to schedule a meeting to evaluate your eligibility, whether you are in Frisco or Dallas, Texas, or via Skype anywhere in the U.S.

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