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Adoption FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to apply to the USCIS for my adopted child’s citizenship?

No, you do not have to apply for your adopted child’s citizenship:

  • If your child satisfies the requirements for automatic citizenship under the CCA, your child automatically acquires U.S. citizenship by the operation of law
  • If you completed a full and final adoption abroad, your child automatically becomes a citizen on the day he or she is admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant
  • If you complete the adoption or have to re-adopt your child after your child has been admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant, your child automatically becomes a citizen on the day the full and final adoption is completed. Your child’s citizenship status is no longer dependent on USCIS approving a naturalization application

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Will the USCIS automatically provide me with documentation of my adopted child’s citizenship?

No, unfortunately the USCIS is not able to automatically provide adoptive parents with documentation of their child’s citizenship at this time. However, the USCIS will work with the Congress, the adoption community and other stakeholders to re-engineer the current process of issuing Certificates of Citizenship for adopted children. This
re-engineering will address both the application process and costs.

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