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Case Introduction
Case No. IC-070
U.S. Citizen Foreign-born Children-Acquisition of Citizenship at Birth
Brief Introduction

A child born outside the U.S., who has a potential claim to American citizenship, should be reported as soon as possible at the nearest American consular post to establish whether or not the child is an American citizen. U.S. citizenship can be transmitted abroad only if certain requirements are met.

Things to Know
Qualification

1. Child born in wedlock
   1) Child born in wedlock to two U.S. citizens
   ① Parents are all two U.S. Citizens, whether by birth or naturalization; and
   ② One of the parents had, prior to the birth of the child, been resident in the United States or one of its outlying possessions (No specific period of time is required)
   2) Child born in wedlock to one U.S. citizen parent and one non U.S. citizen parent
   ① One of the parents is a U.S. Citizen when the child was born; and
   ② The U.S. Citizen parent had been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for 5 years before the child was born; and
   ③ At least 2 years of those 5 years in the United States were after the citizen parent’s 14th birthday.

2. Child born out of wedlock
   1) Child born out of wedlock to a U.S. Citizen mother
   ① The mother is a U.S. Citizen, whether by birth or naturalization; and
   ② The U.S. Citizen mother had been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least one year at some time prior to the birth of her child; and
   ③ The U.S. Citizen mother must have lived continuously for one year in the United States or its outlying possessions.
   2) Child born out of wedlock to a U.S. Citizen father
   ① A blood relationship between the child and the father is established by clear and convincing evidence;
   ② The father had the nationality of the United States at the time of the child's birth;
   ③ The father (unless deceased) has agreed in writing to provide financial support for the child until she/he reaches the age of 18, and
   ④ The child is under the age of 18 years
       a) Legitimated under the law of their residence or domicile,
       b) The father acknowledges paternity of the child in writing under oath, or
       c) The paternity of the child is established by adjudication court.

Filing Fee

1. $65, fee for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad
2. $85, fee for a minor’s passport

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Service Details

1. Provide U.S. Citizen Foreign-born Children-Acquisition of Citizenship at Birth questionnaire
2. Provide document checklist
3. Review qualifications of the parents and child
4. Confirm that the application is appropriate
5. Prepare forms and guide client to prepare supporting documents
6. Compose application letter/cover letter of the case
7. Make an appointment for interview with the U.S. consulate
8. Provide consulate interview instruction
9. Assist client in application of U.S. passport, social security number and consular report of birth abroad
10. Keep client informed of the case status
11. Assist client in response to Request for Evidence, if any

Service Fee

$1400
NOTE
This service fee is the basic reference price, which may be adjusted case by case.

Payment Methods
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