World Journal Weekly Q & A - July 8, 2012
Q & A 1.
Naturalized U.S. Citizen Wants to Bring High-school Student Daughter to U.S. by Presenting Her at U.S. Airport and Explain Parentage There. Good Plan?
A California citizen asks:
I am married and also naturalized. However, my wife decided to stay and work in Hong Kong. My eldest daughter is in Hong Kong’s High School now. However, I wish she could attend college here in the U.S.. I was told I could bring her in and at the entry, report that she is my daughter. Then I could apply green card for her in the U.S. Is it feasible?
The advice that you have received is not good at all and could conceivably result in your daughter's being turned away and sent back when she attempts to enter the U.S. There is also the question of how your daughter will be able to board the airplane to come to the States as most airlines require proper documentation to allow persons to board. The better situation is for you to go through the regular process of petitioning for your daughter on form I-130, having it approved by U.S.C.I.S., and your daughter consular process her case through the American consulate in Hong Kong. In that way, she can enter with an immigrant visa. If by some chance you became a U.S. citizen prior to your daughter's birth, there is the probability that she is already a U.S. citizen and can apply for a U.S. passport in Hong Kong.