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What is the Child Citizenship Act?

Miami is a city that is full of immigrants from all over the world. Many of these immigrants have children who are valuable members of their family. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 is a way for foreign-born children to acquire American citizenship.

Certain children who are not born in the United States, but who enter the U.S. as lawful permanent residents, may be able to acquire citizenship automatically. The child must have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, must be under 18, live with their U.S. citizen parent and be admitted as a lawful permanent resident. This also applies to children who are adopted once their adoption becomes finalized. Children who fall under these guidelines do not receive citizenship automatically, but must apply to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Miami residents who have questions regarding citizenship status or other immigration issues may want to speak with an attorney with experience in immigration matters. An attorney understands that many of these immigration issues are complicated, especially with today's ever-changing political climate. There are many immigration options for families to become permanent citizens and start down the path to citizenship. An attorney can advise their clients on what category of visa best suits their family and circumstances. An attorney is an advocate for their client and their immigration issues.

Children who are born in another country may be able to claim citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act. An immigration attorney can help their clients with this issue and other citizenship questions.

Source: travel.state.gov, "Child Citizenship Act of 2000", accessed on Feb. 24, 2018

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