Children who are born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) might be eligible to derive or acquire U.S. citizenship through their parents if the parent(s) and the child meet certain requirements.
The requirements for acquiring or deriving U.S. citizenship vary. Whether a person is a U.S. citizen at birth or becomes one after birth will depend on a number of factors.
These factors, can include:
Stepchildren of U.S. citizens are generally not able to derive citizenship through their stepparent unless they have been adopted and the adoption meets certain requirements.
Children who were born outside the U.S. but now live in the U.S. may acquire citizenship under Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). A child born outside of the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen when all of the following conditions have been met on or after Feb. 27, 2001:
Children residing outside of the United States may obtain citizenship under the INA. A child who regularly resides outside of the United States is eligible for naturalization if all of the following conditions have been met:
For more information or to see if you qualify contact IISLG for a consultation.
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