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What forms do I file if I want a Certificate of Citizenship for my child and what are the fees?

No, your child’s American citizenship status by adoption will not be negatively affected if you wait for the USCIS to re-engineer its process before you document your child’s citizenship. If your child satisfies the requirements for automatic acquisition of citizenship, his or her citizenship is obtained by operation of law and cannot be lost by failure to document it. You can obtain a passport from the Department of State, even if you decide to wait for the USCIS to re-engineer its process. As part of those efforts the USCIS intends to implement a streamlined process for the automatic issuance of Certificates of Citizenship.

  • If you want a Certificate of Citizenship for a biological child, you must file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, with a $160 fee
  • If you want a Certificate of Citizenship for an adopted child, you must file Form N-643, Application for Certificate of Citizenship in Behalf of an Adopted Child, with a $125 fee
  • If you are applying for a Certificate of Citizenship for a biological or adopted child who currently lives outside the U.S., you may also need to file
    Form N-600/N-643, Supplement A, Application for Acquisition of Citizenship through a Grandparent, with Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship or Form N-643, Application for Certificate of Citizenship in Behalf of an Adopted Child. There is no additional fee for this supplement

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What documents do I have to submit with the form if I am filing for a foreign born biological child who lives in the U.S.?

  • For children who have immigrated to the U.S., parents will not be required to submit any evidence that is already contained in the USCIS file, including translations of documents
  • If your child has immigrated to the U.S. (has a Green Card), you should submit:
    • Photographs of your child
    • Fee
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