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Naturalization - Frequently Asked Questions


If I am a U.S. citizen, what is the process to naturalize my child?

A child who is born in the U.S., or born abroad to U.S. citizen(s) who lived in (or came to) the U.S. for a period of time prior to the child’s birth, is considered a U.S. citizen at birth.

This is applicable to a child who is:

  • Born to a U.S. citizen who did not live in (or come to) the U.S. for a period of time prior to the child’s birth, or
  • Born to one U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent or two alien parents who naturalize after the child’s birth, or
  • Adopted and is permanently residing in the U.S. This child can become a U.S. citizen by action of law on the date on which all of the following requirements have been met:
  • The child was lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • Either parent was a U.S. citizen by birth or Naturalization
  • The child was still under 18 years of age
  • The child was not married
  • The child was the parent’s legitimate child or was legitimated by the parent before the child’s 16th birthday (Stepchildren or children born out of wedlock who were not legitimated before their 16th birthday do not derive U.S. Citizenship through their parents.)
  • If adopted, the child met the requirements of section 101(b)(1)(E) or (F) and has had a full and final adoption
  • The child was residing in the U.S. in the legal custody of the U.S. citizen parent (this includes joint custody)
  • The child was residing in the U.S. in the physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent
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