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Acquiring Citizenship at Birth

As immigration and citizenship is such a quickly changing topic in the United States, it is important to be aware of the requirements that go into being considered a citizen of the country. Legislation regarding immigration is becoming more strict as the country’s new government administration begins taking steps to reform immigration laws.

One topic that many people have questions about the immigration status of their child if they were not born in the United States but their child was. Any person who is born in the United States is considered a legal citizen. This is also the case if the child is born outside of the country but one of their parents is a citizen of the United States. There are also a few additional provisions regarding parental residency requirements if a child is born outside of the United States that may allow them to be a citizen at birth.

Children who are born through Assisted Reproductive Technology also have rights in the United States when they are born to a gestational mother who is a U.S. citizen. The gestational mother is considered the child’s legal parent when they are born and can, therefore, be granted citizenship at birth.

The laws have changed over the years regarding citizenship acquired by birth that depends on the date of which the person was born so some people may have U.S. citizenship at birth and not even realize it. If you think you may be eligible for United States citizenship acquired at birth but are unsure, it may be beneficial to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can assist you in taking the necessary steps to determine your citizenship status.

If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.