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The path to U.S. citizenship for your adopted child is clear

Children born and adopted abroad often qualify for United States citizenship as soon as they enter the country. In most cases, there's no need for the child's parents to file an application for their adopted child to qualify for citizenship. The signing of the Child Citizenship Act (CCA) of 2000 made it possible for children adopted abroad to automatically be granted citizenship.

For a child to qualify for automatic U.S. citizenship, the child must have been a minor at the time of their adoption. At least one of the adopted child's parents must be an American citizen. It doesn't matter whether it was acquired via naturalization or birth. The child must also be a permanent resident of the U.S. Their American parent must have both physical and legal custody of them and currently reside in the States.

Under the CCA, orphan children adopted from abroad may not qualify for U.S. citizenship until their adoption is finalized and they arrive in the U.S. with permanent resident status.

Those who continue to live with their American parent abroad may also qualify for U.S. citizenship via the naturalization process. To do so, they will have to come for short visit to the U.S. while they are still minors younger than 18. There are additional requirements that their American citizen grandparents or parents must meet in order for them to qualify for citizenship as well.

Some of the benefits associated with becoming a U.S. citizen include being able to qualify for student loans to attend college or government programs such as Medicaid, being able to vote in elections and run for public office. A Norcross child citizenship attorney can help protect your son or daughter's right to these benefits in the future.

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