Citizenship for Children of U.S. Citizens Born Abroad
Obtain US Citizenship for a Child Born Abroad
If you were not born on U.S. territory, having U.S. citizen parents may
indicate that you acquired or derived
citizenship in the United States either at birth or after birth through your parents. Although Immigration
has provided a blanket of legal rights for children of U.S. citizens,
the eligibility requirements are very intricate and complex. The status
of your parents, residence and physical presence of your parents may all
affect your eligibility for citizenship.
You should call the Law Offices of Michael M. Felix at
(562) 445-4870 to review the facts of your case and determine which requirements apply to you.
Every case is different. However, our firm can help determine if:
- You or your child was born a U.S. citizen and only need Immigration to
issue a Citizenship Certificate
- You or your child is not yet a U.S. citizen but can now apply for U.S.
citizenship through you or your parents
Although the process can seem overwhelmingly when doing it on your own,
the Law Offices of Michael M. Felix can guarantee that you will be well-informed
by our attorneys and guided throughout the process.
Child Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) at American Embassies and Consulates
A child born abroad to a United States citizen may obtain citizenship at
birth when reported to an American Embassy or Consulate if certain requirements
are met. Registering the child at the American Embassy or Consulate can
be a confusing process for parents. Fortunately, our attorneys are experienced
in working with numerous American Embassies and Consulates abroad and
can help you with reporting your foreign-born child’s birth properly.
As an American citizen, you can report your foreign-born child’s
birth and your child can apply for and obtain a United States passport if:
- Your child is under the age of 18 at the time of the application
- Your child lives abroad
- You, the parent, can show certain identity documents
You, the parent, can demonstrate
certain criteria establishing a physical presence in the United States
If your child was born abroad and you would like to know whether you are
eligible to report your child’s birth abroad, call our office today
at (562) 445-4870 for your free consultation. Rest assured that if you
are not eligible to report your child’s birth at an American Embassy
or Consulate, there are other pathways for your foreign-born child.
Certificate of Citizenship for Child Born Abroad Filed in the United States
A child born abroad to a United States citizen parent or parents may obtain
American citizenship when the parent files a Certificate of Citizenship
at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service if certain requirements are met.
The requirements include the following:
- You, the parent must be an American citizen
- You must be the biological parent of the child
- You must be living in the United States
The child must have been admitted into the United States as a
Legal Permanent Resident
- The child must be living in the United States in the legal and physical
custody of the U.S. citizen parent
- The child is under the age of 18
This process can become complicated if only one parent is an American citizen
because the parent must meet certain physical presence requirements at
the time of the child’s birth. Thus, it is extremely important to
speak to a knowledgeable attorney about this specific issue if this applies to you.
If you are a U.S. citizen and your child was born abroad but is now living
with you in the United States, you may be eligible to file a Certificate
of Citizenship for your child today. Please call our office at (562) 445-4870
for your free consultation.
Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322
of the Immigration and Nationality Act
A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents, and who lives
abroad with the parent or parents, may obtain citizenship in the U.S.
when the parent files an Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate
under Section 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Section 322 allows U.S. citizens who reside abroad, and who do not meet
the physical presence requirements required under the Certificate of Citizenship
process, to apply for a foreign-born child’s citizenship if:
- The child is not married
- The child lives abroad
- The child is under the age of 18
- The child is temporarily present with a temporary visa in the United States
at the time of the interview
- The child will be under the age of 18 when the United States Citizenship
and Immigration Service administers the Oath of Allegiance
- You, the American citizen parent, has legal and physical custody of the child
- You, the American citizen parent, or your American citizen parent (the
foreign-born child’s grandparent) were physically present in the
United States for a period or period totaling at least 5 years, with at
least 2 of these 5 years before you reached the age of 14
Retain Our Attorney to Obtain U.S. Citizenship for Your Child Born Abroad
This process applies to individuals in various situations such as, but
not limited to:
- Foreign-born children of military members
- Foreign adopted children and orphans
This process can become very complicated. It is important to speak to a
knowledgeable immigration attorney about this specific application if
you believe this applies to you and/or your foreign-born child.
Please call our office today for your
free consultation for this complicated matter at (562) 445-4870.