No matter where you were born, you may already be a United States citizen if at least one of your parents was a citizen at the time of your birth. You might also be a citizen through “derivation,” through a combination of your parent and grandparent. In these situations, you must meet additional requirements before receiving a certificate of citizenship.
Can You Pass the U.S. Citizenship Test?
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. To obtain citizenship you will have to show the following:
- Clear and convincing evidence of the relationship by blood to your U.S. citizen father;
- Proof that your father was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth;
- Proof of financial support by your father until you reach 18 years old;
- Acknowledgement of paternity by your father; and
- Proof of your father’s physical presence in the U.S. or its territories for at least 5 years at some time prior to your birth, with at least 2 of those years occurring after his 14th.
It depends. The child will become a U.S. citizen if you bring him/her to U.S. and he/she lives here legally in your legal and physical custody and you satisfy the following conditions before his/her 18th birthday:
- The child was adopted before his/her 16th birthday (in some cases before his/her 18th birthday) and for at least 2 years you had legal custody and resided with the child; and
- The child was admitted as a Convention adoptee (IH-3) or as an orphan (IR-3).
The following conditions must be met if the adoption was completed in the U.S.:
- The child was adopted before his/her 18th birthday; and
- He/she was admitted to the U.S. as a Convention adoptee (IH-4) or as an orphan (IR-4).