Transmitting Citizenship

Transmission of U.S. citizenship depends on:

  1. At least one U.S. citizen parent at the time of the child’s birth;
  2. The existence of a blood relationship between the child and U.S. citizen parent(s);
  3. Documentary evidence demonstrating the U.S. citizen parent(s)’ presence in the United States prior to the child’s birth. The amount of physical presence required in the United States depends on the marital status of the child’s parents and if only one or both parents are U.S. citizens.  More information can be found at Travel.State.Gov.

Examples of Documentation

Examples of primary evidence which may be accepted as evidence of physical presence in the United States include (but are not limited to):

  • Wage and tax statements (W-2)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Employment records
  • Records of honorable U.S. military service, employment with U.S. Government or certain intergovernmental international organizations; or as a dependent, unmarried child and member of the household of a parent in such service or employment (except where indicated).
  • U.S. passport stamps may be considered a part of the evidence submitted, but should not be the sole documentary evidence. Driver’s licenses do not constitute evidence of physical presence.

If you have other children who have been issued with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, this may be considered as supplemental evidence.