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I understand that after 5 years of permanent residencey one can apply for citizenship. It seems that children under the age of 18 then automatically become citizens as well: "You may already be a U.S. citizen and not need to apply for naturalization if your biological or adoptive parent(s) became a U.S. citizen before you reached the age of 18." - quote from USCIS website.

Anybody with personal experience of this?

Also anyone had trouble extending permanent residency after the 10 year period?

 

 

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The laws regarding the derivative acquisition of U.S. citizenship by minor children were broadened by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA). This law became effective February 27, 2001, and remains effective as of this writing. Under current law, children under 18 automatically acquire U.S. citizenship if three requirements are met.

 

- The child must have U.S. lawful permanent resident status ("green card" holder).

- At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization.

- The child must be residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of a USC parent.

In this situation, once all three requirements are met, U.S. citizenship is automatically conferred upon the child/ren by operation of law without the need to file a specific application requesting U.S. citizenship. These provisions apply to one's adopted child/ren as well as biological child/ren.

 

http://www.murthy.com/2011/05/27/derivative-citizenship-children-of-naturalized-u-s-citizens/

Edited by SJ27

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Although children under the age of 18 become citizens when their parents are naturalized they still need to complete form N 600 to obtain a certificate of citizenship. The requirements are -The child must have U.S. lawful permanent resident status ("green card" holder).
- At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization.
- The child must be residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of a USC parent.

 

The filing of this form is only a request for the certificate of citizenship. The fee to file this form is $ 600 and it takes about 5 months to process. Without the certificate of citizenship your child will not be able to apply for a passport and the certificate of citizenship will also be required amend their status at social security.

 

The form N600 can be found on the uscis.gov website

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Although children under the age of 18 become citizens when their parents are naturalized they still need to complete form N 600 to obtain a certificate of citizenship. The requirements are -The child must have U.S. lawful permanent resident status ("green card" holder).

- At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization.

- The child must be residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of a USC parent.

 

The filing of this form is only a request for the certificate of citizenship. The fee to file this form is $ 600 and it takes about 5 months to process. Without the certificate of citizenship your child will not be able to apply for a passport and the certificate of citizenship will also be required amend their status at social security.

 

The form N600 can be found on the uscis.gov website

This can presumably only be done then after the parents have naturalized?

Do the parents get this certificate at their naturalization ceremony? If so - Is there a way to officially naturalize the children at the same time if you don't want to wait another 5 months before you can apply for a passport for them?

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This can presumably only be done then after the parents have naturalized?

Yes

 

Do the parents get this certificate at their naturalization ceremony?

Yes

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They reference this USCIS document which not only makes it plain that as a child of a naturalized citizen you can either apply for a N600 OR a passport, they actually say it's better to just apply for a passport because it's faster.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/A4en.pdf

 

 

And this is a public law resource that deals with the subject, also saying that you can use either a N600 OR you can take all the docs that show the proof the child has derived citizenship to get a passport: http://www.lawhelpmn.org/files/1765CC5E-1EC9-4FC4-65EC-957272D8A04E/attachments/2973308D-B5A3-41F6-9E5E-1DD94DFBBC57/i-12-proving-your-childs-citizenship.pdf ...see the section about applying for a child's passport.

 

So it does actually seem that you do not need the N600 to get a passport for the child, though the websites suggest you get one in addition to the passport anyway.

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They reference this USCIS document which not only makes it plain that as a child of a naturalized citizen you can either apply for a N600 OR a passport, they actually say it's better to just apply for a passport because it's faster.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/A4en.pdf

 

 

And this is a public law resource that deals with the subject, also saying that you can use either a N600 OR you can take all the docs that show the proof the child has derived citizenship to get a passport: http://www.lawhelpmn.org/files/1765CC5E-1EC9-4FC4-65EC-957272D8A04E/attachments/2973308D-B5A3-41F6-9E5E-1DD94DFBBC57/i-12-proving-your-childs-citizenship.pdf ...see the section about applying for a child's passport.

 

So it does actually seem that you do not need the N600 to get a passport for the child, though the websites suggest you get one in addition to the passport anyway.

 

Yes - we applied for ours and our kids passports the next day - got it two weeks later. That was 4 years ago. We are yet to apply for their Naturalization Certificates - which we plan on doing sometime soon. The advantage of the Certificate over the passport is that its less likely to get lost/stolen/damaged/expired etc although the passport itself is sufficient proof or citizenship.

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The advantage of the Certificate over the passport is that its less likely to get lost/stolen/damaged/expired etc although the passport itself is sufficient proof or citizenship.

Unlike a passport, the certificate never expires and it is always good to have a backup of your proof of citizenship in the event that you lose the passport.

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