Some Children Born Abroad Automatically Become U.S. Citizens

Some Children Born Abroad Automatically Become U.S. Citizens

[VOICEOVER] [B-ROLL] Did you know that a child
born outside the United States, may become a U.S. citizen automatically at a later date?
The Child Citizenship Act of2000 allows a child who was born abroad, including one adopted
by U.S. citizens, to acquire U.S. citizenship automatically if he or she meets certain requirements.
The information on this video only applies to persons who were born abroad and didn’t
acquire citizenship at birth. [USCIS OFFICER] “In general, the Child Citizenship Act of
2000 benefits a child born outside of the U.S., who is under 18 years of age and has
at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen. [VOICEOVER] [GRAPHIC] To qualify for automatic
U.S. citizenship under the law, aperson must: •Meet the definition of a “child” under
immigration law •Be under 18 years of age•Have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen
by birth or through naturalization•Be residing in the United States in the legal and physical
custody of the parent who is a U.S. citizen •Be a lawful permanent residentNOTE: If
the child is legally adopted, he or she must meet all requirements applicable to adopted
children under immigration law. [USCIS OFFICER] “In order to automatically get citizenship,
a number of qualifyingevents must take place before the child turns 18. Because citizenship
law has changed over the years, if the person is now over 18 years of age, USCIS looks to
the relevant law that was in effect before the child turned 18to decide if the person
acquired U.S. citizenship.”[VOICEOVER] [B-ROLL] A child who qualifies does not need to file
an application to establish U.S. citizenship. However, if you would like proof of U.S. citizenship,
youmay file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship. [USCIS OFFICER] “Not all applicants
for a Certificate of Citizenship are required to appear for an in-person interview. We will
look at your application and the supporting evidence to determine if an interview will
be necessary. If you are asked to appear for an interview, bring all original documents
of the copies you submitted when you filed your Form N-600, as well as any additional
documents that will establish your eligibility. Documents not in English must have a certified
translation.” [VOICEOVER] “These are the general requirements,
but some unique situations may have additional needs. Please contact USCIS by visiting the
web site at or calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-365-5283
for further information.”This video was produced by in collaboration with the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


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    A few weeks ago I saw an interview with the US Secretary of State John Kerry who said, “You just don't invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests.” But I seem to recall the US doing just that on more than one occasion in the past 20 years or so.

    Have I misremembered the 'Iraq has WMDs claim'? Was I dreaming back in 2002 and early 2003 when politicians and neocon pundits came on TV every day to tell us plebs that we had to go to war with Iraq because of the threat posed by Saddam's deadly arsenal? Why is having a democratic vote in Crimea on whether to rejoin Russia deemed worse than the brutal, murderous invasion of Iraq – an invasion which has led to the deaths of up to 1 million people? I'm confused. Can anyone help me?

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    I'm confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were 'pro-democracy protestors'.

    The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these 'pro-democracy protestors' even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

    Now, just a few weeks later, we're told that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine are not 'pro-democracy protestors' but 'terrorists' or 'militants'.

    Why was the occupation of government buildings in Ukraine a very good thing in January, but it is a very bad thing in April? Why was the use of force by the authorities against protestors completely unacceptable in January, but acceptable now? I repeat: I'm confused. Can anyone help me?

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    MacKenzie Homan

    I'm an American and I even think the US sucks and if I could I would even go to the war torn Syria to fight against them and I'm not a muslum I'm a Christian …..This just proves my point that it sucks….

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    just found out I can claim my US citizenship at any time. I am 25 and was registered at a consulate here (UK), the process I need to go through to claim my citizenship is a lot less complicated than what is laid out in this video. according to the consulate, as I was registered when I was born and had a CRBA done for me at the time, my citizenship is automatic (I am technically already a citizen). I just need to get a replacement/amended CRBA in order to get a US passport and Social Security Number (the SSN will allow me to legally work in the US). I had NO idea about any of this incredible stuff 2 weeks ago and never expected it. I had no idea I was legally a US citizen! 🙂 very happy indeed!

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    Mark lane

    I was born in England in 1952, placed in an orphanage 2 hours after my birth, my American born and bred father who served honourable in the US air force knew nothing about me so therefore could not register me, and although through 2 DNA tests with my US born and bred brother which proved conclusively that we have the same dad I still may not seek US citizenship.

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    daria harruff

    my fave USCIS officer is Marie Sebrechts she is very truthful and i can trust her if im going to adopt a child and name her Josephine

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    Mark Lane

    Hi, yes I've put my story out in a few YouTube video's, were I thought it might relate, I'm hoping that someone has a similar story and has found away through an arcane law.

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    daria harruff

    I know that I was sworn in as a brand new USA citizen through adoption and yes I wanted to do the USA her a huge favor by being awesome by being obiedent to her and her principles or laws and yes I made USA a promise to defend or protect the us constituion by either by going to bootcamp or join the USA military and recieve a ton military training with a lot of direction and yes I would be required to say yes sir no sir yes ma'am no ma'am 👍👍👍 👍👍👍

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