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Old May 14th 2011, 2:30 am
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We are in the process of applying to become US citizens, we have a 10yr old whom we need to apply for also but I cannot find out any information about how we do this.
All we can assume is that we apply and then we apply for her once we arer successful-does anybody know how else we are suppposed to do this
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We are in the process of applying to become US citizens, we have a 10yr old whom we need to apply for also but I cannot find out any information about how we do this.
All we can assume is that we apply and then we apply for her once we arer successful-does anybody know how else we are suppposed to do this
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Your daughter will naturalize automatically when you do. She has a green card now?

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# Biological or Adopted Children Residing in the United States

Biological or Adopted Children Residing in the United States

A child automatically becomes a U.S. citizen when all of the following conditions have been met under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Child Citizenship Act (CCA):

* At least one parent of the child is a U.S. citizen, whether by birth or naturalization.
* The child is under the age of 18 years.
* The child is residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent based on a lawful admission for permanent residence.
* An adopted child may automatically become a citizen under section 320 of the INA if the child satisfies the requirements applicable to adopted children under sections 101(b)(1)(E), (F) or (G) of the INA.

To qualify as a “child” for purposes of section 320 of the INA, the individual must be unmarried. Also, a person who was born out of wedlock (meaning that the parents were not married at the time of the person’s birth), must be “legitimated” while under the age of 16 and while in the legal custody of the legitimating parent. See section 101(c)(1) of the INA. Finally, a stepchild who has not been adopted does not qualify as a child under this section.

A person who satisfies the requirements of section 320 of the INA before turning 18 automatically obtains citizenship without having to file an application. However, in order to obtain a certificate of citizenship from USCIS, an individual must file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship. To obtain a U.S. Passport, visit the Department of State's Apply for a U.S. Passport webpage.




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Default Re: How does the under 18's become US citizens

Yes she already has a green card since 2005
Another question they have the wrong date of birth on her green card and despite informing them on several occasions they sent back the same date of birth on a new green card. Should this be an issue when we apply for her citizenship? the have 08 in stead of 07
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Yes she already has a green card since 2005
Another question they have the wrong date of birth on her green card and despite informing them on several occasions they sent back the same date of birth on a new green card. Should this be an issue when we apply for her citizenship? the have 08 in stead of 07
It does sounds like her record needs to be corrected. I don't know if that is an error in the day, month or year of her birthdate. You might want to go in person to the office to correct it (take some evidence, like her BC).
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Default Re: How does the under 18's become US citizens

Originally Posted by madwife2002 View Post
We are in the process of applying to become US citizens, we have a 10yr old whom we need to apply for also but I cannot find out any information about how we do this.
All we can assume is that we apply and then we apply for her once we arer successful-does anybody know how else we are suppposed to do this
As Meauxna has posted your child will automatically become a citizen when you do. Once you've become a citizen you can send off your child's passport application with your passport applications. You have to include your naturalisation certificate with the application.

To obtain your passport the first time you have to appear in person with all your documents. Take your child with you as they have to be present as well. Then all your paperwork is checked and copied.
Details here: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get...first_830.html

The passport is quicker to get than the N-600, Certificate of Citizenship, (for instance at the Charlotte Office it's currently taking 5 months) so my thoughts are that one should apply for the child's passport first and then apply for the child's certificate of citizenship.

There are those on this board that think the N-600 is unnecessary, but my feelings on this are it's better to have it as you don't know what difficulties your child may have later on down the line. Yes the cost is prohibitive (its currently $600) but imo short term pain is better for long term gain. It's better to have too much documentation that too little
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Default Re: How does the under 18's become US citizens

Does anybody know if a family is living in the USA with green cards can just the children (under 18 years old) in the family naturalize after 5 years even if the parents don't wish to naturalize?

eg The parents continue living in the USA with green cards and kids become US citizens

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Default Re: How does the under 18's become US citizens

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Does anybody know if a family is living in the USA with green cards can just the children (under 18 years old) in the family naturalize after 5 years even if the parents don't wish to naturalize?

eg The parents continue living in the USA with green cards and kids become US citizens

Thanks
On page 22 of this publication on the USCIS site it says that to be eligible to apply you have to be "At least 18 years old and ..."
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Does anybody know if a family is living in the USA with green cards can just the children (under 18 years old) in the family naturalize after 5 years even if the parents don't wish to naturalize?

eg The parents continue living in the USA with green cards and kids become US citizens

Thanks
There are not many downsides to naturalizing; I can't really think of a reason to not have the additional opportunities that come with it.

This is a wiki article discussing the pros/cons though; maybe a misunderstanding is keeping you from wanting to naturalize.
Pros and Cons to Getting US Citizenship
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Default Re: How does the under 18's become US citizens

Thanks for the link. I am aware of the pros and cons of naturalizing.

I just want to know if children can naturalize without the parents doing so after having a green card for 5 years.
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Default Re: How does the under 18's become US citizens

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Thanks for the link. I am aware of the pros and cons of naturalizing.

I just want to know if children can naturalize without the parents doing so after having a green card for 5 years.
Once they are 18 and have been PRs for 5+ years.
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Thanks for the link. I am aware of the pros and cons of naturalizing.

I just want to know if children can naturalize without the parents doing so after having a green card for 5 years.

Children can't but adults can. At the age of 18 they will be adults and can apply to naturalize as long as they show good character, have signed up for selective services (ages 18 to 26) and have retained residency status (see naturalization guide for travel/absence re qualifying) and have been a PR for 5 or more years.
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Default Re: How does the under 18's become US citizens

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Does anybody know if a family is living in the USA with green cards can just the children (under 18 years old) in the family naturalize after 5 years even if the parents don't wish to naturalize?
You must be 18 to naturalize on your own, so... no. If the parents don't naturalize, the children must wait until they're 18.

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