08.11.13

Child Citizenship

Posted in Child citizenship, citizenship at 12:08 am by Lalita Haran

Children born abroad may be entitled to U.S. citizenship through citizen parent(s). Citizenship can devolve on the child through one or both parents or grand-parent. Citizenship laws accommodate different fact scenarios and include adopted children.

Birth in the United States grants U.S. citizenship. Although some may find it difficult to provide convincing proof of U.S. birth outside of hospitals with the help of midwives. Thankfully, immigration law does not discriminate among U.S. born children based on the immigration status or national origin of their parents. Child citizen must wait until the child is 21 years of age before he or she can sponsor other family members, except the spouse.

Children of a United States parent or grand parent, regardless of their country of birth, can claim citizenship through such parent or grandparent. While some of these children are born U.S. citizens others acquire it much after birth, dependent upon happening of a specific event. There are many provisions about Child Citizenship.

It is upon the person claiming this right to prove it. Until then the person would be considered a foreign national. Significance of appropriately documenting the immigration history cannot be appreciated more when one who acquired U.S. citizenship is deported under immigration law because of lack of ability to prove it. See, Rodrigue Laventure, A018 098 964 (BIA Aug. 2, 2013). Inability to prove that U.S. citizenship was derived through the parent or grandparent under the citizenship statute could result in deportation.

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