In order to go through the naturalization process you will first have to get a green card. To get a SS card you have to get either a green card or a certain non-immigrant visas. Whether or not you can get a green card or another type of visa is the issue.
Unfortunately there are a lot of illegal aliens like and many have no way to become legal in the US. How you entered the country makes a big difference as to whether or not you have any chance to become legal or not. If you entered the country "without inspection" (sneaked across the border illegally) there is currently no way for you to become legal. If you left the country and went back to Brazil you could apply for a visa from there. However, because you have been here illegally it may be denied. Also, if you leave the country you are subject to being banned from re-entry for 3 or 10 years. Being here illegally after having entered the country illegally is a very difficult situation to be in and sadly these people have little choice but to remain legal or leave the country.
If you entered the country legally with a visa but overstayed after the visa expired the situation is slightly brighter. For the most part anyone that has overstayed a visa is automatically inadmissible. Inadmissible is when you are not eligible for getting any kind of visa (a green card is a type of visa). There is one exception though and that is for people who are so called "immediate relatives of a US citizen". People who fit into this category can get a green card even though they overstayed their visa or have worked in the US without permission.
There are three types of people who are considered immediate relatives of a US citizen. Those are spouses of a citizen, unmarried children under age 21 of a citizen, and parents of a citizen if the citizen is over age 21. Since I assume that your parents are not citizens and won't be in the near future your only two options are to have a baby here and wait until that child is 21 or marry a US citizen.
Many people go the marriage route. However, it is a bad idea to marry someone just to get a green card. Unless the marriage is a real marriage and the two people live together as husband and wife it is considered immigration fraud which is a crime. Immigration go to a great length to ensure that all couples that get green cards based on marriage are truly married and not committing immigration fraud. If you are committing fraud they are very likely to find out and you will be in even more trouble. It is not a good idea. But if you meet a guy who is a US citizen that you want to marry you can then apply for a green card as you would be eligible. Like I said, though, this only goes for people who came into the country legally, ie, with inspection.
If you came into the country illegally the only thing you can really hope for is some kind of amnesty from the government. Many people that are in this situation get by by using fake documents but it's important to know that doing so is a crime.
One thing that you may want to know is that although people who have lived here illegally are subject to a ten year ban from coming back you can get around that if you leave voluntarily before you are 18 years and 180 days old.
Because of your difficult situation I highly recommend that you and your siblings go see an immigration attorney to get advice about your particular situation. The internet is a great source for info but not everything is accurate.
It does cost a few hundred dollars to consult with an immigration lawyer but it's worth it. It's the best thing you can do right now.
If you ever decide to send in an application to the USCIS please make sure you speak to an immigration attorney first so that you don't get yourself into unforeseen trouble.
· 9 years ago