A child can automatically become a U.S. citizen under certain circumstances.
To be eligible for automatic citizenship under this section:
- At least one parent of the child is a U.S. citizen, by birth or naturalization;
- The child is under the age of 18 years;
- The child is unmarried;
- The child is residing in the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent based on a lawful admission for permanent residence;
- For a child born out of wedlock: s/he must be legitimated while under the age of 16 and while in the legal custody of the legitimating parent;
- A stepchild who has not been adopted does not qualify as a child under this section.
A child who satisfies the above requirements before turning eighteen (18) automatically obtains citizenship without having to file an application or to take a test.
However, in order to obtain a certificate of citizenship, the Applicant must file an application for the certificate of citizenship.
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