PM 03-01-02-a: U.S. Citizen

WAG 03-01-02-a.

Revised TextA person is determined to be a United States Citizen by one of the following, Birth, Naturalization or a Foreign-Born Child to US Citizen.

Revised TextBirth

A person born in the US, one of it's territories, or born to a US Citizen on foreign soil is a US Citizen. The US and it's territories are defined as follows with some exceptions:

  • The Fifty States
  • District of Columbia
  • American Samoa
  • Swain's Island
  • Puerto Rico (born on or after January 13, 1941)
  • US Virgin Islands (born on or after January 17, 1917)
  • Northern Mariana Islands (born on or after November 5, 1986, NMI local time); and
  • Guam (born on or after April 10, 1899)
    • Exceptions:
    • Persons born to a foreign sovereign individual; or
    • Person born to a foreign diplomatic officer

Revised TextNaturalization

Naturalization is the process by which a foreign-born citizen or a National is granted full US Citizenship.

Revised TextForeign-Born Child to US Citizen (includes adoption)

A Foreign-Born Child of a US Citizen, including adopted children, residing in the US automatically acquire citizenship, provided all of the following requirements are met:

  • At least one of the parents is a US Citizen (by birth or naturalization); and
  • the child is under 18; and
  • the child is currently permanently residing in the US in the legal and physical custody of the citizen parent; and
  • the child is admitted as a Lawful Permanent Resident