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Citizenship for South Carolina residents born elsewhere

While those who are born to one parent who is a United States citizen may also be citizens, that is not automatically true. Typically, that parent must have spent 10 years in the United States or in outlying possessions, and five of those years must have been after the citizen parent was older than 14. Furthermore, the may may need to have been the legitimate child of that parent to qualify for automatic citizenship.

In the event that the child is born to two parents who are both United States citizens, that child may be a citizen regardless of where he or she was born. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has a variety of tips and information that may help an individual determine if he or she qualifies for automatic citizenship at birth.

Individuals who are United States citizens can vote in elections, run for most public offices and are entitled to a passport. They may also be entitled to support from the United States embassy if they are overseas. Those who question whether or not they have legal citizenship status may wish to talk to an attorney. In addition, those who don't believe that they are citizens and wish to travel or work in the country may find it helpful to have legal counsel.

An attorney may be able to confirm that an individual is a legal citizen or explain how someone who isn't a citizen may go about that process. In the event that a non-citizen wants to enter the country, it may be necessary to acquire a work or other form of visa. Legal counsel may be able to help with paperwork and other issues that may arise while trying to comply with immigration and naturalization laws.

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