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If a person was born abroad, and if this person’s parent or parents are US citizens, then that person may have automatically acquired citizenship. For U.S. citizenship through acquisition, the U.S. citizen parent or parents must have resided or be physically present in the U.S. for certain periods of time before the child’s birth in order to transmit citizenship. This is different from obtaining citizenship through derivation which has other requirements.
In order for an individual to identify whether they have acquired citizenship, the person must carefully note when and where they were born, when one’s parents were married as well as whether one’s citizen parent or parents satisfy the residency requirements. This is because, like citizenship through derivation, the law has changed over the years and the law in effect on the date of the claimant’s birth is the law that governs.
For children born on or after November 14, 1986, the current requirements for U.S. citizenship through acquisition for a child born abroad are as follows:
The acquisition rules governing children born out of wedlock (born of parents who are not married) is quite complex.
If you believe that you have acquired U.S. citizenship or are a parent who needs assistance concerning your child’s citizenship, contact the Law Firm of Kyce Siddiqi right away.