Acquisition of Citizenship Through Birth to U.S. Citizen
In many circumstances, even though a child is born outside the U.S., if at least one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth, he or she automatically “acquires” U.S. citizenship. When this child marries and has children, those children may also acquire U.S. citizenship at birth.
This book does not describe how people who have already gotten their green cards can apply to become naturalized citizens. For complete information on your eligibility7 and the process, see Becoming a U.S. Citizen:
Guide to the Law, Exam & Inteniew, by Ilona Bray (Nolo).
What If You Were Born “Out of Wedlock” to a U.S. Citizen Father?
In many cases, your right to U.S. citizenship may depend on your relationship to a U.S. citizen father. However, if your parents weren’t married at the time you were born, the laws of the time may refer to you as “illegitimate,” meaning in legal terms that you have no recognized father.
As you ’11 see in the sections below, your right to claim citizenship may depend on your proyiding evidence that your father took the actions necessary7 to satisfy7 the legitimation law of your birth country. Legitimation laws require fathers to legally acknowledge
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