Becoming a U.S. citizen at birth

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2016 | Citizenship |

Whether someone obtains U.S. citizenship after getting married or moving to the country for work, there are a multitude of ways that people become citizens. In Miami-Dade, and across the whole state of Florida, many people become citizens at the time they are born. However, parents may have numerous questions related to citizenship at birth and it is imperative for them to find answers.

Someone who is born in the U.S. and subject to national laws will become a citizen when they are born, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This includes people who are born as a member of a Native American tribe and all children who are born on U.S. soil. For some parents, this may ease fears they have over their child’s citizenship status.

However, other parents may have concerns about their child’s citizenship status when they are born outside of the country. According to the U.S. Department of State, children born in other countries are eligible to become U.S. citizens under certain circumstances. For example, if both of the child’s parents are married U.S. citizens and one had a residence in the U.S. before the child was born, the child will acquire citizenship at the time of his or her birth.

In some cases, children born outside of the U.S. who have one parent who is not a U.S. citizen can also secure U.S. citizenship. For example, if a child’s father or mother is a U.S. citizen and the other parent is not, the child may have the ability to become a U.S. citizen, provided certain conditions are met.


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