Proving your citizenship: Born outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent

Proving your citizenship: Born outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent

Typically, when a child is born outside the U.S. to parents who are U.S. citizens, they would file a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). The U.S. Department of State issues CRBAs before a child turns 18 and are proof of the child’s U.S. citizenship. The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) lists the names of the parents with a biological or gestational relationship to the child. It is essential for the parent(s) transmitting U.S. citizenship to have their name(s) documented on the CRBA. In cases where one parent is conferring citizenship while the other is not, the parent granting citizenship may consent to include the other parent’s name on the CRBA.

If your parents did not apply for a CRBA, you have two options for getting your citizenship recognized:

1. Applying for a U.S. passport – if your parent did not register your birth at a U.S. embassy or consulate, you will need:

-Your foreign birth record showing your parents’ names

-Evidence of a parent’s U.S. citizenship

-Your parents’ marriage certificate, if applicable

-A statement from your U.S. citizen parent(s) which lists where and when they lived in the U.S. and abroad before your birth

If your parents were not married at the time of your birth and only your father is a U.S. citizen, then you will need to provide additional evidence that he is your biological father.

2. Applying for a Certificate of Citizenship – Submit Form N-600 to get a Certificate of Citizenship. This document serves as proof that you are a U.S. citizen.

Navigating the complexities of proving citizenship can be daunting, especially if CRBAs were not obtained at birth. However, with the right guidance and support, individuals born outside the U.S. to U.S. citizen parents can successfully establish their citizenship. It’s essential to ensure all necessary documents are gathered and submitted accurately to expedite the process. Additionally, seeking legal assistance can provide invaluable insights into the nuances of citizenship recognition and ensure compliance with relevant regulations. Our experienced team at Cambridge Immigration Law is dedicated to assisting clients in navigating the intricacies of citizenship applications and advocating for their rights. We are committed to empowering individuals to assert their U.S. citizenship with confidence and ease.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in proving your U.S. citizenship and securing your legal status in the United States.