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Citizenship through acquisition for children of citizens

While the laws surrounding immigration continue to fluctuate, some of the basic ways to obtain United States citizenship remain the same. If you have concerns about obtaining citizenship for your child, it is important to understand the complex set of laws that govern citizenship and immigration.

It is well-known that those born within the United States and its territories automatically receive citizenship. Furthermore, a child born to at least one parent with United States citizenship at the time of the child's birth automatically receives it through a process called acquisition.

Acquisition also applies to children adopted by United States citizens, but is not always as straightforward to obtain. Some couples may face difficulties obtaining citizenship for an adoptive child for a number of reasons, depending on the child's country of origin and other factors. In some instances, if citizenship is not properly sought by the parents at the appropriate time during the adoption process, the child may face difficulty entering or remaining in the country.

Acquisition is a very complex process, and the steps to gaining citizenship through acquisition may vary significantly, depending on when a person who hopes to obtain citizenship is born and when he or she applies. It is crucial for anyone who seeks citizenship through acquisition to prepare fully before applying for citizenship, to minimize setbacks and delays in the process.

If you hope to obtain citizenship for your child through acquisition, be sure that you thoroughly understand the process and the many steps you and the child must complete. Should you need guidance in this process, an experienced immigration attorney can help you assess your needs and keep your rights protected throughout your child's citizenship journey.

Source: FindLaw, "U.S. Citizenship Through Parents or by Birth," accessed Feb. 13, 2018

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