Can my family members become citizens?

If your family members have been granted permanent residence with you or after you, they can qualify for citizenship. They must, however, meet all other conditions required for citizenship.

The child’s citizenship can be determined based on the following:

  • Both of the child’s parents were U.S. citizens at the time of his or her birth
  • The child had only one citizen parent with sufficient residence or physical presence in the U.S. before the child’s birth to pass U.S. citizenship to the child

Note: The laws related to how a person acquires U.S. citizenship at birth are among the most complex of the immigration laws. U.S. citizen whose children were born abroad may pass U.S. citizenship to the child. In some cases, such passing of citizenship may be transmitted from a grandparent to a parent to a child.

Adopted Children

The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) effective since February 27, 2001 allows for most foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizens to obtain U.S. citizenship automatically on the date they immigrate to the United States.

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