Automatic Citizenship

Who Is a Citizen of the United States After Birth?

In order for a person to become a citizen of the U.S. automatically after birth, the person must meet all the following requirements before reaching 18 years of age:
  1. Your parent is a U.S. citizen;
  2. You must be the biological child of that U.S. citizen parent;
  3. You must be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for lawful permanent residence; and
  4. You must be living in the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of your U.S. citizen parent.

Who Can Apply

You are not required to file for a Certificate of Citizenship in order to be considered a U.S. citizen who automatically acquires after birth. You can directly file for a U.S. passport.

If you do need a Certificate of Citizenship, you or your U.S. citizen parent may file for a Certificate of Citizenship.

The Process

The applicant files an Application for Certificate of Citizenship with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

After the Application for Certificate of Citizenship is filed, USCIS sends a receipt notice confirming that they received the Application for Naturalization.

If USCIS approves the Application for Certificate of Citizenship, USCIS will mail the Certificate of Citizenship by mail.

Let Us Help You to File for Your Certificate of Citizenship

If you would like further information and/or assistance filing for your certificate of citizenship, contact Cherny Law Office P.C. and get the guidance you need to achieve your goal.
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