My younger brother is a foreign-born child of two naturalized US citizens. He has no picture ID except his school ID, and has had trouble obtaining a state-issued picture ID. He is turning 18 soon, which will make it much more difficult for him to fly, get a job, and so on. Is this something an immigration lawyer can help with, or is there another kind of professional that I can engage here?
My younger brother's ID situation is limited to his Social Security card, a non-English birth certificate issued abroad, and his high-school student ID. The DMV turned him away when he tried to get a driving permit. I think it will also be impossible for him to fill out a W-4.
He obtained US citizenship when his parents were naturalized several years ago. No separate paperwork was submitted for him because he is a minor. His parents are now divorced and he lives with his mother. As far as I can tell from the UNCIS website, he will need to file form N-600
. The form is confusing and requires a variety of supporting documents, some of which may not be available because his parents are definitely not on speaking terms. It's not clear which documents are mandatory and which are optional or not applicable in his particular situation. Moreover, the form will cost $600 to file and, if my own experience with UNCIS is any indication, may take many months to process.
I don't want the responsibility of filling out his citizenship paperwork. He generally doesn't trust himself to fill it out, and our mother is unable to because of her very limited English. It may also be the wrong form, for all I know, and there's quite a lot of forms and very small print on the UNCIS site.
If you've filed this form (or a related form) and found the process simple and straightforward, I'd love to hear about your experience. Alternatively, if you've used the help of an immigration lawyer or another professional for a related service, I'd love to hear about that as well. I'd especially love to learn about the cost, if this is a standard service, because I'll probably be the one who pays for this.
Bonus: my brother wants to change his legal name when he turns 18 (right now he carries his father's last name, wants to change it to his mother's labyrinthine maiden name). Is this a good opportunity to do it, or will it make everything more complicated?