Friday, April 6, 2012

Some answers to the complicated question of ‘derivative’ U.S. citizenship for children

Rules differ for kids of naturalized parent, those born abroad to U.S. citizen

One the most complicated area of immigration law are the rules for getting U.S. citizenship through a parent. A child who “derives” citizenship through a parent is granted citizenship automatically. The child may not even know it. Though the child need not apply for citizenship, most derivative citizens want proof — a U.S. passport or Certificate of Citizenship.

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