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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.
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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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.