I'm not sure how many people know this, but I wanted to share it just in case there were others that had a situation similar to mine and might therefore find it useful. I was brought here illegally when I was 3 or 4 and didn't have any type of documentation (visa, residency, etc) for any time after that until I got my residency at 18. My dad naturalized when I was about 13 and was under the impression that I'd become a citizen too. He thought all kids were eligible to receive citizenship under their parents. Well, I learned the hard way that THIS IS NOT THE CASE! You will only be eligible to receive citizenship if you are already a resident (or have a visa, I think). HOWEVER, if your parent, as a citizen (or permanent resident), petitions for you and you are under 18, you are pretty much guaranteed residency because any illegal stay BEFORE the age of 18 is pardoned. They usually ask that you go back to your country for the meeting with the consulate and a lot of people are scared that they will have to stay there...I know my dad was. If you are under 18, however, that will not happen because you will be considered an innocent. So if you are under 18 and have an appointment at the consulate, go before your 18th birthday!