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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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List of documents
by: Anonymous

Question: I have tried to get school, medical or tax documents that prove that I was living with my dad when he got his certificate of naturalization but since it's been a long time ago no one keeps those records anymore or it doesn't have his name on it. Is there a list somewhere that can tell me what else I can provide. I called the customer service for us passport but they were no help and just told me an agent will call me, but couldn't tell me how long before they will call me. Any idea how long I have to wait?

Answer: Did you try contacting the U.S. Census Bureau to see if there was a census taken during that period?

If your father filed tax returns in the U.S. during the time you lived with him, he should have listed you as a dependent. You can request a record of a tax return for each year he filed and your own tax records if you worked and filed them at that time. If you order online or by phone, you should receive your tax return transcript within five to 10 calendar days. You should allow 30 calendar days for delivery of a tax account transcript if you order by mail.

Did you contact the schools that you attended? Many states require schools keep permanent student records for not less than 60 years. This record includes the student's name and parents' names.

Did your father keep any records from that time period? If so, look for documents that include both yours and your father's names.

Over 18 now
by: Anonymous

Question: I was under 18 when my dad got his naturalization certificate and i thought that only marriage certificate will be needed to proof that i was under his legal and physical custody but now they want more documents: combination of documents such as school, tax, medical, or court records that documents you were in the legal and physical custody of your U.S. citizen parent(s) after you entered the United States for lawful permanent residence and before your 18th birthday." What are some examples of those documents?

Answer: Contact the schools where you studied and see if they can provide a transcript. It should include your parents' names. If you were employed and filed an income tax report, you can send a copy of that. Contact the U.S. Census Bureau to order a personal census record. Any doctor you visited before age 18 should have your record on file. Contact them to get copies.

My status
by: May

Question: Hello! My mom became a US citizen in Oct 1999. We were minors and green card holders and resided in the US for almost 2 years. but at the time my mom became a citizen, we were not residing in the US. Are we US citizens too? What can we do?

Answer: Please contact USCIS for answers to questions about US citizenship.

Certificate of citizenship
by: Nadia

Question: How about when renewing my son's passport. Don't they need the certificate of citizenship with the old passport?

Answer: No, a Certificate of Citizenship is not required if you submit his previously-issued passport.

Citizenship certificate
by: Nadia

Question: My son is 12 years old and he was per many resident of USA (he had a green card) and his dad is citizen. He got his US passport one year ago but not a certificate of citizenship. How can we get his citizenship certificate?

Answer: You can apply to get your son a Certificate of Citizenship. However, it is not necessary. A U.S. passport is proof of citizenship.



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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