My mother was born in Italy in 1921. She came to the US in 1931. Recently I found her Certificate of Citizenship, dated in 1962.
It states, “having proved to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that she is now a citizen of the United States of America, became a citizen thereof on March 30, 1931 and is now in the United States…” March 30, 1931 would have been when she arrived in this country or a few days after her actual arrival.
I assume my grandfather had become a naturalized citizen by then – he came to this country a few years before my grandmother and his daughters came here. My mother told me years ago that my grandmother took the test and became a citizen a few years after she got here. Well, sort of – as my mother explained it, Grandma was already a citizen due to being married to a citizen, but she wanted to be a citizen in her own right.
Does it still work like this? Adult comes to the US, becomes a naturalized citizen, then brings spouse and children here and they are automatically citizens? If not, when did it change?
My grandparents got divorced a few years after my grandmother went through the naturalization process. Would Grandma still have been a citizen if she hadn’t gone through the process on her own?