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Adopted Children of U.S. Citizens
The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 provides for automatic naturalization of a child who both has been legally adopted by a U.S. citizen and has lawfully entered the U.S. as an immigrant. This means the child “automatically” becomes a U.S. citizen as soon as he/she meets all of the requirements stipulated in the law.
The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 also provides a method for expeditious naturalization of a child adopted by a U.S. citizen residing abroad. U.S. citizen adoptive parents who are legal residents of Slovakia and don’t intend to move to the U.S. in the near future may contact the consular section a email@example.com for information about the specific requirements and process involved.
Step-children of U.S. Citizens
Children born outside the United States can only acquire U.S. citizenship at birth based on a blood relationship to a parent who is a U.S. citizen at that time.
U.S. immigration law, however, does accord U.S. citizens the right to seek immigration benefits (i.e. a green card, with the possibility of eventual naturalization) for a step-child who was still under the age of 18 on the day the U.S. citizen legally married the child’s parent. The U.S. citizen begins this process by filing an I-130 Petition with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Further information is available at the DHS’ Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Adults Born in Slovakia Years Ago to U.S. Citizen Parents
There are provisions in U.S. law that—in certain circumstances—allow a U.S. citizen parent to transmit U.S. citizenship to children born outside the United States. Two requirements for transmission of citizenship are that the parent must have been a U.S. citizen at the moment of the child’s birth and that there must be a parent-child relationship by blood. Additional requirements for acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth depend on additional factors in accordance with the law(s) in effect at the time of birth.
Persons seeking a determination of acquisition of U.S. citizenship by birth in Slovakia to a U.S. citizen parent should contact the consular section of the embassy in Bratislava by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information:
- Name of the child
- Date of birth of the child
- Name of the parents
- Circumstances whereby one or both parents were U.S. citizens
- Date of the parents’ marriage, if applicable
- Places of residence of the parents, from the time of their own births until the birth of the child
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