I'm writing a piece about a polish refugee at the start of WW2 and I am trying to figure out the process for an unaccompanied minor, whose parents are supposed to be dead if that makes a difference, to become a US citizen in the late 40s or early 50s.
- Does the country of origin (Poland here) make a difference?
- How does the minor status affect the process?
- What were the conditions (having lived in the US for x years, etc?) at that time - it is easy to find the rules today, but were they the same during WW2 with the many European refugees?
- Does it matter if the parents are alive or supposed dead? (confirmation difficult in post-WW2, Soviet occupied Poland)
- Does it make a difference if the boy is adopted by US citizens (considered orphan as parents are supposed to be dead) ?
There are plenty of examples for refugees becoming permanent US residents and citizens, but I could not find the exact process at that time for an unaccompanied minor.
I understand one had to be adult to become a citizen. So to amend the question: What would be the process once the person had his 19th birthday?