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I am USA citizen and my child is not. Can she get USA passport?

by Samra
(New York, New York)

Question: I became U.S. citizen two years ago. My daughter is 14 and holds a permanent resident card. Can I apply for a U.S. passport for her without applying for naturalization?


Answer: Minor children whose parents are naturalized automatically receive U.S. citizenship if they are under age 18, live with their parents and have permanent resident status.

Note, if both parents are alive and listed on the child's birth certificate, then both must become naturalized in order for the minor child to receive citizenship.

If you have sole legal custody of your child, then you need to prove this at the time you submit the application for a passport. For complete instructions, click the link below.

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My son is 10 years old
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 10 years old and he is a permanent resident of USA (he has a green card). Me and my wife are citizens of USA. Can he receive his US citizenship outside of US in the USA Embassy of my Homeland or he needs to come back to US to receive it?

Answer: A child born outside of the United States automatically becomes a citizen of the United States when all of the following conditions have been fulfilled:

* At least one of the child’s parents is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization;
* The child is under 18 years of age;
* The child is residing in or has resided in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence.

It is not necessary that your son be residing in the United States in order to obtain U.S. citizenship. However, you must prove that he did at one time reside in the United States.

His green card only proves that he was lawfully admitted to the United States. Separate evidence establishing that the child has resided in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent(s) may be requested.

Please contact the U.S. embassy for assitance with this issue.

I'm a USA citizen and my son is 17 yrs old and a permanent residence. How can I apply for US passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a USA citizen and my son is 17 yrs old. We're here in Korea because my husband works as a contractor. I applied for US passports for both of us but they said no to my son becaue they want us to submit a "Certificate of Citizenship"? What should I do? He's a permanent resident and I want get a US passport before he turns 18 next year. Please help me. What can I do?

Answer: It is not possible to obtain either a passport or a Certificate of Citizenship for your son if he is not residing in the United States. The N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship state the following conditions.

1. Your parent must be 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 United States for permanent residence; and

4. You must be living in the United States in the legal and physical custody of your U.S. citizen parent.

These conditions must be met before the applicant turns 18 years of age.

My mother became a citizen before I was 18 but I'm 25 now.
by: Anonymous

Question: I know I waited too long for this but my aunt told me that's how she got her son's passport when she became a US citizen. I have all the proof needed to prove I'm a citizen through my mother. I would like to know if I can just go and get a passport without a citizenship certificate? If so, what do I need?

Answer: You should apply for a new passport at an application acceptance facility. Besides all the regular requirements, you need to submit the following.

Proof of your relationship to the U.S. citizen parent. For the biological child of the U.S. citizen this will usually be a certified copy of the foreign birth certificate (and translation if not in English). In circumstances where it is not clear that the birth certificate is adequate proof of a biological relationship between the child and the U.S. citizen parent, other types of evidence, including medical and/or DNA tests, may be requested;

Proof that you are residing or have resided in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent(s) pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence. The I-551 stamp endorsed in your foreign passport or your permanent resident or "green" card will establish lawful admission for permanent residence, but not the fact that you are residing in or have resided in the United States as required by INA 320(a)(3). Separate evidence establishing that you have resided in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent(s) may be requested;

Proof that you are or were under the age of 18 when all conditions were met.

18 year old applying for passport
by: Grainne

Question: Hello. We naturalized 2010 my daughter was 11, we applied for US passports and received them for us and her. She is now 18 her passport expired last week and she needs to renew or apply for a new one. She does not have a document of naturalization. Do we send her ours and her original birth certificate to support the application-will she ever get a naturalization certificate of her own or is it because she is now applying as an adult? Thanks.

Answer: Your daughter must apply in person for a new passport at an application acceptance facility. She can submit her previously-issued passport as evidence of U.S. citizenship. For more information, visit http://uspsg.net/newppt

U.S. citizen mom wants a U.S. passport for her 9 year old who carries a green card
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a US citizen and my 9-year-old holds a green card. I want to apply to get her a US passport. Can I do that? What form will I need to send? Where do I send them to and from where?

Answer: All passport applicants must prove both U.S. citizenship to be issued a U.S. passport. If your daughter does not have a Certificate of Citizenship, then you must submit the following.

* Proof of the child's relationship to the U.S. citizen parent. For the biological child of the U.S. citizen this will usually be a certified copy of the foreign birth certificate (and translation if not in English).

* Proof that the child is residing or has resided in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent(s) pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence.

* Proof that the child is or was under the age of 18 when all conditions are met.

For a list of other required documents, visit How to Get a Passport for a Minor.

For further assistance, contact the National Passport Inforation Center by calling 1-877-487-2778 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

my status
by: Anonymous

Question: So my mom has beat into me that I am a citizen cause she is. I am 17 and applying for colleges. I will soon become independent. So, would I still be a citizen? Or must I apply for my passport now?

Answer: If you were born in the United States, you are a U.S. citizen by birth. If you were born outside the United States, then you have automatic citizenship in the following circumstance.

You were residing as a Green Card holder in the U.S. and both parents naturalized before your 18th birthday; OR

If one parent died, that the surviving parent naturalized before you turned 18.

If the parents legally separated, that the parent maintaining legal and physical custody naturalized before you turned 18.

If you were born out of wedlock and paternity has not been established by legitimation, the mother naturalized before you turned 18.

If any of the above apply to you and you beleive that you do possess U.S. citizenship, then you need to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship. This serves as evidence of citizenship when applying for a passport.

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