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U.S. Citizenship through Parents Application Instructions

  • Citizenship Application through Parents
  • Citizenship Information
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Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship through American Parents

Children Who Acquire United States Citizenship when Born Abroad through American Parents

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Information Package with application instructions for children who receive their U.S. Citizenship by birth automatically when born abroad from American Parents. Application instructions for children who were born American citizens and explanation of the requirements to claim U.S. citizenship through parents.

Acquizition of U.S. Citizenship through Parents

Children born abroad from American Parent(s), who acquire the U.S. citizenship by birth

Children under 18 years old born abroad who become U.S. citizens when their parents become naturalized U.S. citizens

Citizenship Application Forms and Instructions for Children who become U.S. Citizens by Birth Abroad through American Parents. Requirements and Instructions to claim U.S. citizenship through Parents.

Citizenship Automatically at Birth

Many children are born United States citizens automatically at birth. Children acquire their U.S. citizenship just because they are born in the territory of the United States, or because they are born abroad from at least one U.S. citizen parent that complies with certain requirements of physical presence in the United States.

You may become a U.S. citizen automatically at birth if you were:

1. Born in the United States

The most common way to be become a U.S. citizen automatically at birth is when a child is born in the territory of the United States. Children born in the United States are not required to have American parents, or parents with a green card or resident status in order to become U.S. citizens at birth. Just the fact of being born in the United States gives a newborn the U.S. citizenship automatically. Please note that there are some exceptions for the children of people with diplomatic status in the U.S. A child born in the United States from a parent that is a foreign diplomatic officer accredited to the United States, is not subject to the jurisdiction of United States law because of his diplomatic status. Therefore the child can not be considered a U.S. citizen at birth. However the child may be considered a permanent resident at birth and be able to receive a green card through creation of record.

2. Born abroad from American Parent(s)

Another way to become a U.S. citizen by birth is when a child is born abroad, outside of the U.S., but at least one of the parents is an American citizen that complies with certain physical presence requirements. There are many requirements that apply and in some cases even if the children born abroad don't acquire the U.S. citizenship at birth they still are eligible for a faster naturalization process.

2. Citizenship Through Naturalization:

Children who are not Americans by birth, but are U.S. legal residents under 18th years of age have the opportunity to become U.S. citizens when their parents become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Application Information about Acquizition of U.S. citizenship included in this Package:

  • Who is born a U.S. citizen automatically at birth?
  • Citizenship for children of American parent(s) born outside of the U.S.
  • Citizenship for children born abroad from married or unmarried parents
  • U.S. Citizenship for Children with only one American parent
  • Children born abroad from one U.S. citizen and one alien parent obtain the citizenship automatically?
  • Is there a U.S. physical presence requirement for the American parent?
  • How do I get proof of my American citizenship?
  • Expedited naturalization for children of American parents
  • Certificate of Citizenship Application form
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad Application
  • Children born abroad that didn't become U.S. citizens at birth but can become U.S. citizens by action of law
  • How to become a U.S. citizen? What is the process of naturalization?
  • Requirements to become a naturalized U.S. citizen
  • Can I apply for a passport for my American Children born abroad?
  • Naturalization and posthumous citizenship for people in the Military
  • How to apply for a U.S. passport for Children born abroad that became American citizens at birth
  • How to access immigration citizenship application forms and instructions?

Order this guide to find out the answer to several of your citizenship by birth questions, including how to access citizenship forms, application filing fees and procedures, and general application information about birth abroad for children of United States citizens.

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