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US Citizenship Requirements

There are two ways to become a US citizen:

1. Operation of law – This means no action need be taken. Examples include

(a) born in the US,

(b) born to US citizens abroad, or

(c) as an LPR child (under 18) living with a US Citizen parent in the US

2. Naturalization – This means taking action by completing an application for US citizenship (usually Form N-400), passing the naturalization interview, taking the oath of allegiance and receiving a certificate of citizenship.

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How to obtain US citizenship for a child born outside the US and living permanently abroad

Under present law a child born abroad to only one parent who is U.S. citizen parent, and the other parent a foreign national, does not get U.S. citizenship at birth unless the citizen parent meet a specific U.S. physical presence requirement. Before the child was born, the citizen parent must have lived in the United States for a total period of at least five years with two of those years being after the citizen parent was 14 years old.

For a citizen parent that does not meet this physical presence requirement there is an alternative of expedited naturalization.

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US Citizenship for a child with a green card

For a permanent resident child to acquire automatic US Citizenship the law requires that:

1. at least one parent must be a US citizen;

2. the child must be under 18 years old; and

3. the child must reside in the US in the legal and physical custody of a US Citizen Parent (the child must be still living with a US Citizen Parent).

All three citizenship requirements must be met at the same time.

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