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Is a child a U.S. citizen if they’re born outside the country?

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Uncategorized

Generally, people born in North Carolina or any other part of the United States are considered to be U.S. citizens. However, if a child is born outside of the United States, figuring out their citizenship can be a little trickier. Here’s what you need to know about children born outside the United States.

Are children born outside the United States still considered U.S. citizens?

According to immigration law, a child born outside the United States can still be a citizen if their parents have ties to the United States. For example, the child will be considered a U.S. citizen if both their parents are citizens, even if they’re born in a completely different country.

A child born outside the United States can also be considered a citizen if only one parent is a U.S. citizen. The other parent could be a U.S. national or a citizen of a different country. If the child lives in another country and moves to the United States later in life, they might have to prove their relationship to the parent to qualify for citizenship. Generally, children who meet the qualifications do not have to formally apply for citizenship or request a green card.

Know your options when applying for citizenship

Applying for citizenship can be a complicated process. For some people, there are multiple paths to citizenship. If your application gets denied, you might feel like your journey is over, but an attorney may be able to help you successfully apply for naturalization and eventually become an official U.S. citizen.

An attorney may also help you protect your rights if you’re threatened with deportation. Additionally, an attorney might assist you if your application is denied. They may act your behalf to help you stay in the country and remain with your family.